Ky. High Court Weighing Self-Defense Law

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Supreme Court is weighing
two cases involving the state's new self-defense law that allows
people to shoot dangerous home invaders without fear of prosecution.
The justices were asked Wednesday morning to determine if the
self-defense laws apply retroactively and what, if any, procedures
are necessary to determine if the law applies before a case goes to
In one case, public defenders are seeking to overturn the conviction and 45-year sentence of Phillip Leroy Wines, who killed two people.
In a second case, public defender Bruce Hackett argued that the
"no retreat" law should have retroactively been applied in the case of Frank Rodgers, who is serving 20 years for manslaughter in a 2004 shooting death.
Prosecutors in both cases argued neither man acted in self-defense.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by russell Location: paris on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:30 PM
    IT would be a great victory for anyone who wanted to enter your home and and help themselves to anything you own or sexually assaulting your loved ones or worse! I for one will use deadly force against anyone dumb enough to step foot (uninvited) in my home and its pathetic that as law biding citizens we have to fight to protect our right to defend ourselves in our homes against persons who dont care what they do to get what they want!
  • by Cindy Location: Lex., KY on Sep 10, 2008 at 04:59 PM
    It's impossible for police to be everywhere. We need the right to protect ourselves from home invaders. As populations & crime rise, the criminals need to know people will protect themselves!
  • by keith Location: frankfort on Sep 10, 2008 at 03:23 PM
    LAW OR NO LAW, come on in if you dare! My home my family your bad move! BANG!!!!!
  • by NRA Location: Pikeville on Sep 10, 2008 at 03:01 PM
    You come in my house, you are dead. No questions asked. No retreat. No shooting to disable. You are dead. Shoot to kill. Good law. Should apply to every case from the beginning of time.
  • by bluebell Location: everywhere on Sep 10, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    I think the retreat law is dumb. Run from someone and get killed with your back to them. If evidence shows you did it in cold blood they should seek justice. If you can't protect your family why say we are free. What about the right of being woken up in the middle of the night to have what you have WORKED hard to get be taken from you plus your own life wiped out for no reason, Where is the justice in that. Look at the evidence and find justice. People need rights to protect themselves from thieves.
  • by Marie on Sep 10, 2008 at 01:11 PM
    It would only be opening up a hornet's nest to make this law retroactive...just needs to be used for cases occuring after it was passed.
  • by sheila Location: richmond on Sep 10, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    i think a home owner has the right to shoot someone who is trespassing on your property with the intent to rob or even kill you! Most thiefs are high on drugs and you can bet at the moment they are trying to break into your home they are not worried about your safety. Innocent victims deserve more rights than thieves!!!


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