This outrages me. A man is sent to prison for 19 years for killing a man who broke into his house in the middle of the night. In Oregon, if someone breaks into your house, they must DO YOU HARM before you may defend yourself. Otherwise, you'll be on the wrong side of the law.
This strikes me as something in need of fixing next session if not before. Maybe the initiative system - this is the stuff of plain ole common sense. The legislature thinks we should have a violent felony perpetrated on us before we can defend ourselves? I think they need to hear from us on this one.
I'm going to attend Rep. Wu's town hall for health care next week and will bring this issue up at that time.
Anyone have a different perspective on this subject? I'd be interested to hear it.
PS: Here's the link, in case it didn't come through: http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_080909_news_intruder_prison.c2ede6b4.html?npc