When deaths are deemed justifiable, self-defense laws don't console families
Are these the least sympathetic victims ever? Ann Coulter's new book, Guilty, focuses on the phenomenon of phony liberal 'victims' who are either victimizing others or are responsible for their own plights.
When you ask Joyce Dye about her brother, there's a slight pause.Trying to rob a store isn't a 'mistake', it's a crime.
The Flint woman had only three short weeks to get reacquainted with Paul Lee Jr. before he was killed. He was fatally shot June 13 as he tried to rob LT's Clothing and Accessories on Clio Road.
He'd only recently been released from prison after serving 20 years. It was a stupid mistake, Dye acknowledged -- but did he deserve to die? She doesn't think so.
She believes her brother's death -- and his life -- were written off in part because of his past criminal history. Lee went to prison in 1986 for second-degree murder.Yes, let's punish the people he attacked.
"(The store owner) didn't have to shoot him eight times to knock him down," Dye said. "It's just goofy. That's the hard part, that nobody faced charges in his death."
Paul Lee's mother, Alice Rawls, said that because her son was on parole from a shooting, she believes police and prosecutors didn't give his death a second glance.Assistant manager of robbery?
Rawls of Grand Blanc Township remains convinced that her son was set up by someone angry about a previous shooting that landed him in prison more than 20 years ago.
She said Lee was getting his life back on track [apparently not!] and was up for a promotion at work.
If all these weepy family members had stopped making excuses for and enabling their criminal relatives, maybe they wouldn't have gotten to the point where they forced someone to take their lives in self-defense.