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Saturday, April 7, 2007

CrimProf Ruth Jones Discusses Where to Draw the Line With Deadly Force

Jones_2006From McGeorge School of Law Crimprof Ruth Jones recently discussed the line where the use of deadly force is appropriate and when it is not.

This discussion arose from 2 recent cases where deadly force was used. The first case involed an off-duty Sacramento County sheriff's deputy fatally shot a man who she said had crept into her Roseville home late Tuesday night and tried to sexually assault her. Hours later, in a south Sacramento neighborhood, a father of four shot and wounded a teenager who he said was trying to break into his car.

The second case involved Sou Saechin, the 42-year-old father, was trying to protect the family car, his wife said Wednesday. Sacramento police arrested him on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. The deputy, who authorities say was acting in self-defense, remains free.

"The law does not want people to use deadly force unless they absolutely have to," said CrimProf Ruth Jones. "In the situations when someone is at risk of physical injury to themselves or others, you can meet that kind of deadly force with deadly force of your own." However, Jones said, "merely protecting your property is insufficient reason to use deadly force." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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