What Would You Do? Man Charged With Killing Daughter’s Molester
June 16, 2012 | Filed under: News | Posted by: bowatkin
Controversy is brewing in Shiner Texas over a 23-year old man who killed the man he found molesting his five-year old daughter in a barn. To date, the man hasn’t been arrested and some legal experts are questioning why he is still free. They argue that vigilante justice can’t be condoned, no matter what the circumstances.
A grand jury in Texas has been called to look into the case and the circumstances of the killing, to determine if the father was justified. He didn’t use a weapon, only his fists, but he was so furious that he beat the man until he was dead.
“Assuming it’s true that this guy was molesting the daughter … he would then have the right to defend her and hit him enough to have him stop,” James Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, told Foxnews.com. “But you cannot summarily execute him, even though I can understand the anger he would have.”
The question being asked now is when the defense excuse is no longer valid.
“If he had a weapon and he used it to stop a sexual assault, he would not be indicted, but, ironically, the fact that he didn’t have a weapon leaves him more legally vulnerable than otherwise he would be,” Geraldo Rivera said. “In this case, you grab him off, now you’ve stopped the sexual assault, but now what are you doing? At what point does prevention of the sex assault become revenge, the implementation of vigilante justice?”