Armed Prosecutors

We’ve talked before about how what the word “lower” in “lower house” if a bicameral system might mean. Here we have another example. The Minnesota House has passed a bill, almost unanimously, that would allow County Attorneys … that’s our phrase for prosecutors … to carry guns.

Not in the courtroom, though.

There was a recent event in which a County Attorney was shot by a pissed off guy who had just been convicted of some nasty crime. Yesterday or thereabouts, the horrid 911 call of that incident, which recorded much agony and fear and such on tape, was released. Everybody is upset about it again.

That incident happened in a courtroom where the CA would not have been carrying a gun, according to this potential new law.

Details.

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4 Responses to Armed Prosecutors

  1. Norman Thorsen says:

    Do you mean that they shouldn’t be allowed to protect themselves anywhere? Or that the only threat is in the courtroom so they don’t need self protection?
    Remember that the police aren’t always available as in this case – http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30519948/detail.html.
    And this one – http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/28807951/detail.html

  2. Greg Laden says:

    The bill actually does quite a few things. It allows a person to use deadly force in the same manner that one might do so normally if someone is breaking into your home, but you can now shoot people who come near your car or who are, I think, transiting your property (“get off my lawn” will no longer be needed …. you just shoot!)

    Meanwhile, the public officials it affects can now act more like trained police officers, and I’m not sure about this, but I think they can now carry around their firarms where normally firearms are not allowed (in some but not all places) as though they are cops.

    I assure you that the police are always available at the courthouse.

  3. Drivebyposter says:

    Meanwhile, the public officials it affects can now act more like trained police officers, and I’m not sure about this, but I think they can now carry around their firarms where normally firearms are not allowed (in some but not all places) as though they are cops.

    Reminds me of something…..
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judge_dredd

  4. billyeager says:

    A commenter to that article, by the name of ‘Nostradamus':

    “I predict the first time an attorney uses a gun…it will be to shoot another attorney.”

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