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Jury finds Roderick Scott not guilty (indicted for self-defense shooting)
Copyright 20062009 GateHouse Media, Inc. Some Rights Reserved. ^ | Dec 19, 2009 @ 10:29 AM | By Staff reports

Posted on 12/20/2009 7:30:08 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines

Rochester, N.Y. —After nearly 20 hours of deliberating, a jury has found Roderick Scott not guilty of manslaughter.

Scott says he never meant to shoot and kill 16-year-old Christopher Cervini in April, when he caught the teenager and two others breaking into cars in his neighborhood.

Scott faced a charge of first-degree manslaughter. His trial in state Supreme Court began Nov. 30.

Scott says Cervini threatened him — and he fired his gun in self-defense....

Assistant District Attorney Julie Finnochio said she respects the verdict and recognizes that it was a difficult case.

"I just hope it's not a message to the community that you have the right to shoot a 17-year-old unarmed kid for trying to break into a car," she said.

But Scott's attorney John Parrinello hopes it does send a message.

"That people that are out there take responsibility like Rod did that night," Parrinello said. "As I said, he was being a good neighbor and in an instant your life can change."

(Excerpt) Read more at mpnnow.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; US: New York
KEYWORDS: amendment; banglist; banglistforever; drunk; manslaughter; parents; punk; second; selfdefense
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To: unixfox

I am sure this man did not want to kill him, but stealing is just as risky as defending yourself.

Had this kid been driving 110 miles an hour and hit a tree, sure, I would say he didn’t deserve to die, but I also would have understood why he died. He was reckless, and so it auto theft.

When you try to steal from someone, you must understand that there are inherent dangers. Had his parents raised him properly, this youth would have known that. I leave Mr. Scott blameless in this matter. I too would have went out there with my pistol and it could have ended up the same way.


41 posted on 12/20/2009 9:50:20 AM PST by Outraged At FLA
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

You first.


42 posted on 12/20/2009 9:57:47 AM PST by NucSubs ( Cognitive dissonance: Conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between beliefs and actions)
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To: Sacajaweau

yes, we should all run and hide from the bad guys stealing from us. Next they’ll be in our homes stealing from us and then its us that wind up dead instead of the thief....


43 posted on 12/20/2009 9:59:05 AM PST by goat granny
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"I just hope it's not a message to the community that you have the right to shoot a 17-year-old unarmed kid for trying to break into a car," she said.

We do in Texas.

Doesn't mean it's the best idea in the world.

But if 17 y/o kids don't want to get shot, they should not be breaking into other people's property.

44 posted on 12/20/2009 10:14:55 AM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Sacajaweau
That's funny. Can you forward along a few more comments?
With the latest news about nationalized health care, global warming, and trillion dollar deficits we can use the humor.

45 posted on 12/20/2009 10:18:23 AM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: mkjessup

Where I live, “wait for the cops” means an hour wait during 9am to 5pm and a 3 hour wait from 5pm to 9am.

So here no body messes around with others property. It can get you dead quickly.People tend to ask few questions and call a neighbor for help. And within minutes guns are up.


46 posted on 12/20/2009 10:23:04 AM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA))
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To: Sacajaweau
He went "hunting" for these kids.

I'd only prosecute him if he did so out of season.

47 posted on 12/20/2009 10:23:40 AM PST by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: goat granny
yes, we should all run and hide from the bad guys stealing from us. Next they’ll be in our homes stealing from us

That would be Obama's new "tax collector corps".

48 posted on 12/20/2009 10:23:54 AM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Like to know the physical sizes of Scott and Cervini and how close Cervini was to Scott when the shooting happened.


49 posted on 12/20/2009 10:23:57 AM PST by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck. (Let them eat arugula!))
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To: NucSubs
What’s your point?

Simple:

You understand now?

50 posted on 12/20/2009 10:27:11 AM PST by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Was this a black/white thing?


51 posted on 12/20/2009 10:32:41 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Rudolphus
"Next time something like this happens to you call the cops and call for pizza delivery. See which gets there first."

Hey, now there's an idea, don't call 911, call one of those pizza guys who carries! Help will be there guaranteed, in 30 minutes or less, or else your pizza is free!

52 posted on 12/20/2009 10:45:14 AM PST by Bob Mc
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To: Lazamataz

:-)


53 posted on 12/20/2009 10:58:08 AM PST by NucSubs ( Cognitive dissonance: Conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between beliefs and actions)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
he caught the teenager and two others breaking into cars in his neighborhood.

Horse thieves. Hang'em or shoot'em. Either is appropriate.

54 posted on 12/20/2009 11:05:21 AM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I had three cars broken into in my driveway last night.All I can say is that they are quite fortunate they were extra quiet about it and I didn’t find out about it till later this morning or there might have been additional headlines in the paper this morning.


55 posted on 12/20/2009 11:06:20 AM PST by eastforker (.If you design an idiot proof gadget, society will just build a better idiot!)
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To: Sacajaweau

It would have been better if it were a report of *3* dead criminals, shot dead in the act.


56 posted on 12/20/2009 11:38:55 AM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: Bob Mc; Rudolphus
"Next time something like this happens to you call the cops and call for pizza delivery. See which gets there first."

Hey, now there's an idea, don't call 911, call one of those pizza guys who carries! Help will be there guaranteed, in 30 minutes or less, or else your pizza is free!

A great Capitalist ideal.

How about: Gun n' Pizza

57 posted on 12/20/2009 12:08:32 PM PST by TYVets (Let's Roll!!! The leadership of the GOP has no spine and no guts, but we conservatives do)
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To: LachlanMinnesota

“Just me, maybe, but I would never use deadly force to defend a car, regardless of what the law says.”
Well, you wouldn’t be “defending a car”. You’d be defending your property.
You have to decide what you are willing to live with.
“Should it be the death penalty for the crime of stealing a car?”
Should property owners have to suffer the loss and or destruction of their property rights at the whim of some thief? I don’t believe so. I believe that if you embark upon a criminal activity, whatever befalls you is on you and no one else.
The govt has already proven beyond all doubt that it is incapable of handling most crime. There is too much of it, and the penalties do not deter. As a result we make more laws, criminalize more activity and end up impinging on honest citizens’ freedoms and rights.
Enough already.


58 posted on 12/20/2009 12:50:39 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Lazamataz

Without the appropriate license and tags.


59 posted on 12/20/2009 12:55:30 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: TYVets; Rudolphus; Bob Mc
Hey, now there's an idea, don't call 911, call one of those pizza guys who carries! Help will be there guaranteed, in 30 minutes or less, or else your pizza is free!

A great Capitalist ideal. How about: Gun n' Pizza

Or even better: A florist shop / protection agency known as "Guns N Roses".


60 posted on 12/20/2009 1:17:46 PM PST by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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