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Lord have mercy! They're truly crazy in Florida! Florida man cites ‘Bush doctrine’ after pre-emptive killing of neighbors a

Lawyers for a Florida man this week cited President George W. Bush’s pre-emptive war in Iraq and the “Bush Doctrine” as a defense after their client killed two neighbors and attempted to kill a third on Labor Day.

Florida Today reported on Wednesday that attorney’s for William T. Woodward had filed a motion asking for charges against him to be dismissed under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, which says that gun owners do not have a duty to retreat in the face of an “imminent” threat.

According to officials in Titusville, Woodward had snuck up on his neighbors while they were having a Labor Day barbecue. Police responding to the scene found that Gary Lee Hembree, Roger Picior and Bruce Timothy had all been shot.

Hembree and Picior were later pronounced dead. Blake survived, even though he had been hit 11 times.

In their motion, Woodward’s attorneys claimed that the victims had called him names and threatened to “get him.”

The motion referenced Enoch V. State, which suggests that an “imminent” threat can include something that is likely to occur at sometime in the future.

“I think legally that term has sort of been evolving especially given changes of our government’s definition of ‘imminent,’” attorney Robert Berry, who is representing Woodward, told Florida Today. “It’s become more expansive than someone putting a gun right to your head. It’s things that could become, you know, an immediate threat.”

The court document filed by the defense also cited “The Bush Doctrine,” a foreign policy principle used by President George W. Bush to justify the invasion of Iraq. “The Bush Doctrine” embraces “preventive” or pre-emptive war.

by Anonymousreply 1609/24/2013

Please lord, let the victims also be straight, teabagging white guys and be the perfect illustration of all that's wrong with these people.

If they can't blame minorities, the gays, Islam or anything else and is cleanly illustrates that white guys need to fear other white guys, perhaps they'll get the message...but, probably not.

by Anonymousreply 109/06/2013

[quote]"I think legally that term has sort of been evolving especially given changes of our government’s definition of ‘imminent,’” attorney Robert Berry, who is representing Woodward, told Florida Today. “It’s become more expansive than someone putting a gun right to your head. It’s things that could become, you know, an immediate threat.”

Not headed to the Supreme Court.

by Anonymousreply 209/06/2013

The thing that kills me is he isn't representing himself. He hired an attorney. What kind of a reputation must Robert Berry have?

by Anonymousreply 309/06/2013

This is insane. But then it's Florida.

by Anonymousreply 409/06/2013

Florida... our national crazy uncle from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation...

by Anonymousreply 509/06/2013

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by Anonymousreply 609/07/2013

This is the defense offered by the LAWYERS???

by Anonymousreply 709/07/2013

I try not to be too much of a grammar nerd cause I sure don't know everything but when did it become OK to use an apostrophe to pluralize a noun? Is this some new thing, because I am seeing it more and more.

For those wondering, see attorney's in the second paragraph (which is correctly pluralized later in the article).

P.S. I know this is Raw Story and not the NYT, but as I said, I've been seeing this apostrophe thing all over.

by Anonymousreply 809/07/2013

Way to kill a thread, R8. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 909/07/2013

Ignore the ass at R9, R8. You managed to salvage the only interesting thing about this story and present it to us.

I mean. Florida. Enough said. But that apostrophean plural has escaped across the country. THAT'S important and threatens all of us.

by Anonymousreply 1009/07/2013

What is it with Florida?

by Anonymousreply 1109/07/2013

[quote] try not to be too much of a grammar nerd cause I sure don't know everything but when did it become OK to use an apostrophe to pluralize a noun?

Have you been sleepwalking since 2007? It's Apple's autocorrect function on iPhones, iPads and iPods. it randomly places apostrophes in words ending in 's.'

by Anonymousreply 1209/08/2013

Now we have an excuse for shooting everybody. Anybody. Not just humans. Dogs (it barked and looked like it was going to attack me). Cats (it was gonna scratch me). Birds (they carry deer ticks which cause Lyme disease, which can kill you).

by Anonymousreply 1309/08/2013

Them gubmint revinooers wuz gonna shut down mah whiskey still. Iff'n i dont have mah still, mah childrunz will starve. So I hadda shoot them revinooers to proteck mah childrunz, see?

by Anonymousreply 1409/08/2013

Well, if that defense works, then they can round us all up legally and gas us. Excuse me while I go research getting asylum in Canada or New Zealand or something...

by Anonymousreply 1509/08/2013

...and they wonder why Blacks see it as racism in Florida?

by Anonymousreply 1609/24/2013
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