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Store clerk acquitted on murder charges(MS)
wlbt.com ^ | 10 November, 2010 | David Kenney

Posted on 11/11/2010 5:09:13 AM PST by marktwain

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Jackson convenience store worker has been found not guilty in the 2008 shooting death of a shoplifter. A Hinds county jury found Sarbrinder Pannu not guilty in the murder of 36 year old James Hawthorne.

Pannu shot Hawthorne after he stole a case of beer from the J and S Food Mart on Medgar Evers Boulevard. Prosecuting attorneys argued that Hawthorne was unarmed when he was gunned down.

In closing arguments defense attorney Tom Fortner said Pannu feared for his life when he saw Hawthorne reaching for what he thought was a gun.

Members of the Hawthorne family left the courtroom in disgust. James Hawthorne's mother tells WLBT, the jury has allowed store owners to take the law into their own hands.

Gwendolyn Hawthorne said, "Everyone can go get a gun, it will be like the Wild West!"

Defense attorney Tom Fortner told reporters leaving the courtroom, "I think this verdict sends the message that people are tired of the crime, they are saying stop the robbing, stop the stealing."

Pannu left the courthouse, avoiding reporters. He has been out on bond since the shooting, and plans to return to work.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: banglist; court; crime; ms
"I think this verdict sends the message that people are tired of the crime, they are saying stop the robbing, stop the stealing."

The money quote.

1 posted on 11/11/2010 5:09:17 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Wow! I thought the “He was reaching for something.” argument was reserved only for cops. This is a good day.


2 posted on 11/11/2010 5:12:48 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: marktwain

It’s getting where being a thief isn’t a safe way to make a living anymore.


3 posted on 11/11/2010 5:19:42 AM PST by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: marktwain

Mississippi is NOT a place where you want to break the law. Period.


4 posted on 11/11/2010 5:22:49 AM PST by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: marktwain

Waste of tax payers money prosecuting this...the man clearly was within his rights to shoot a low life thief. We need more good citizens like him!!!


5 posted on 11/11/2010 5:44:17 AM PST by ontap
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To: marktwain
"....J and S Food Mart on Medgar Evers Boulevard.."

Amish again.

6 posted on 11/11/2010 5:49:08 AM PST by Leisler (They always lie, so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.)
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To: mbynack

He thought his life was equal to the value of a case of beer. So, at the most, his family could, theoretically, win a judgement of ...oh....say...um....$12.99 up to $18.99.


7 posted on 11/11/2010 5:52:16 AM PST by Leisler (They always lie, so much and for so long, that they no longer know what about.)
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To: marktwain
Gwendolyn Hawthorne said, "Everyone can go get a gun, it will be like the Wild West!"

This mouth-breather needs to do some research. The "wild" west was a relatively demure locale with which to live. There were far more killings in the un-wild east. Even the most infamous shoot-out, the OK Corral, resulted in the deaths of 3 people.

8 posted on 11/11/2010 5:57:43 AM PST by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: marktwain

Unarmed black perp steals beer & returns to car. Perp is chased, shot & killed by Indian store clerk. Indian acquitted by jury of eleven blacks and one white. No Indians on jury. Verdict praised by black president of city council. Am I dreaming?


9 posted on 11/11/2010 6:04:58 AM PST by Hawthorn
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To: Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; Vietnam Vet From New Mexico; wardaddy; KLT; montesquiue; Downsouth55; ...

Mississippi ping


10 posted on 11/11/2010 6:08:14 AM PST by WKB
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To: marktwain

Members of the Hawthorne family left the courtroom in disgust. James Hawthorne’s mother tells WLBT, the jury has allowed store owners to take the law into their own hands.

Gwendolyn Hawthorne said, “Everyone can go get a gun, it will be like the Wild West!”

The family reported that they would be out robbing convenience stores for the rest of the day. /sarcasm


11 posted on 11/11/2010 6:12:12 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: ontap

Yes, precisely. Store clerk had no reason to believe the person stealing from him would not hurt him—or worse—once he got what he wanted. I love it when judges tell people— who wounded or killed perps—they had no right to do that because they did not know what was in the perp’s mind.

Precisely, again. And I’m not gonna wait to find out either.

Of course, the other absurdity is that you can’t use lethal force to protect your property. I worked for that property. Attacking it is the same as attacking me. You bet I’ll protect it by every means at my disposal.


12 posted on 11/11/2010 6:40:23 AM PST by dools0007world
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To: Leisler

Mickey’s is selling for 18.99 a case? Wow!


13 posted on 11/11/2010 6:43:59 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: marktwain
Gwendolyn Hawthorne said, “Everyone can go get a gun, it will be like the Wild West!”

Well, they did point out that the store clerk was Indian, so that's a good start! ;)

14 posted on 11/11/2010 6:45:56 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: rjsimmon
The "wild" west was a relatively demure locale with which to live....

Treat Them to a Good Dose of Lead (Why the 'Wild West' was not what Liberals claim-my title)

15 posted on 11/11/2010 6:56:55 AM PST by Gritty (Americans 100 years ago didn't have golf matches. They had shooting matches.- Dave Grossman)
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To: All

Technically, stealing beer is taking the law into one’s own hands....


16 posted on 11/11/2010 7:01:53 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: 17th Miss Regt
“Everyone can go get a gun, it will be like the Wild West!”

Good!

17 posted on 11/11/2010 7:12:17 AM PST by onedoug
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To: dools0007world
Of course, the other absurdity is that you can’t use lethal force to protect your property.

This depends on the State..here in Texas the perps know better!!

18 posted on 11/11/2010 7:13:40 AM PST by ontap
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To: Hawthorn
Unarmed black perp steals beer & returns to car. Perp is chased, shot & killed by Indian store clerk. Indian acquitted by jury of eleven blacks and one white. No Indians on jury. Verdict praised by black president of city council. Am I dreaming?

Funny you should use that word. The situation matches a great American's dream . . . from his "I Have a Dream" speech.

19 posted on 11/11/2010 7:59:16 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: rjsimmon
“Even the most infamous shoot-out, the OK Corral, resulted in the deaths of 3 people.”

The real irony of the ‘Gunfight at the OK Corral” was, it was an arrest that went bad. An arrest for a firearms violation.

20 posted on 11/11/2010 8:20:18 AM PST by Tupelo
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To: marktwain
"Everyone can go get a gun, it will be like the Wild West!"

She says that like it's a bad thing.

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."
- Robert A. Heinlein.
21 posted on 11/11/2010 8:33:10 AM PST by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: mrmeyer

I wonder if any of the beer cans got hurt?


22 posted on 11/11/2010 9:08:15 AM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: rjsimmon
Even the most infamous shoot-out, the OK Corral, resulted in the deaths of 3 people.

And THAT shootout was the result of gun control in the town.

23 posted on 11/11/2010 10:00:54 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction, one of the top five worries of the American Farmer each and every year..)
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To: ontap

I thought only at nighttime.


24 posted on 11/11/2010 1:30:58 PM PST by VADoc1980
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To: marktwain

“”Everyone can go get a gun, it will be like the Wild West!”

Which was a much safer place than inner cities today.


25 posted on 11/11/2010 1:39:32 PM PST by Rebelbase (Palin/Christie 2012)
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