Count me very much among the “social media users”:
Commenters on social media are calling a Washington state father a “hero” in response to reports that he allegedly rescued his daughter from sex traffickers and later killed the man he believed responsible for selling his daughter into sex slavery.
All I can hope for is that he killed the sumbitch only after a little creative use of some woodworking tools.
I probably would have, in his shoes.
“He subsequently hit Sorenson in the head multiple times with a cinder block and stabbed him repeatedly, resulting in his death.”
This is Spokane, which is eastern Washington state. So it’s basically western Idaho. Even if it goes to trial, he’ll most likely walk. As God intended.
Good! this guy has spent far too long in jail already. Release him, give him a ticker tape parade, key to the city and may he never have to buy his own coffee or beer ever again.
Somebody(s) at GoFundMe need to be dragged.
A GoFundMe account set up Monday to raise funds to cover Eisenman’s bond and legal fees had amassed thousands of dollars in donations before being taken down by the company on Tuesday.
In response to TheBlaze, a GoFundMe representative confirmed that it had taken down the account because it violated GoFundMe Terms of Service
“The platform cannot be used to fund the defense of crimes related to violence,” the representative said, adding that all donors will be refunded.
Illustrates a few points we tend to forget in our civilized times.
1) Police do not exist to protect citizens from the criminals; they exist to protect the criminals from the citizens. (I can’t remember where I read that, but it’s quite true).
2) If citizens do not have faith that the State will hold up its end of the social contract, they will take matters into their own hands. Historically, that has been the more common arrangement. Justice gets done, one way or another. The State can either do the job responsibly and reasonably effectively, or the citizenry will. See above.
3) There is such a thing as jury nullification; judges don’t like to instruct on it, and in most states can’t, but it does exist. In my jurisdiction, there is even case law which protects a lawyer who argues nullification, if that is the best option he has, from a ineffective assistance claim. this may well be such a case. I’ve long advocated (only partly tongue in cheek) a jury instruction which advises a jury that if they conclude the victim “had it coming,” that would be an acquittal. If you can get 12 jurors to agree that the victim had it coming, he had it coming.
4. Thinking in advance about body disposal options is time well spent.
you’re spot on. I think jury nullification is very underrated and should be part of all jury instructions.
jury nullification also works if a law is onerous.
In MA they passed a seat belt law that was unpopular. The police enforced it very strictly. The law was a repealed. a few years later it was re-instituted but this time the police didn’t enforce it very strictly. There was not screams for repealing the law the second time around. I’m sure that law could get tossed if juries refused to convict people of violating the seatbelt law
In California, the compulsory seat belt law was initially objected to as being a means of harassing drivers, particularly minorities (Race, the Go-To excuse). Proponents of the law said that it would not be used that way, but only as an additional citation once someone has been stopped. This situation lasted at most, two years. Now you can be stopped by the police if he thinks your seat belt isn’t fastened around you, and it has been that way for much longer than it was merely an add-on citation.
1) – This is a comment used by Insty quite frequently.
Always dig a deep hole (not in your yard!). Abandoning a vehicle with a body in the trunk is just laziness.
From Spokane it’s a short drive to Northern Idaho; lots of deep lakes, ravines and scavengers.
I did my SERE School wilderness training in Colville National Forrest, again, a short drive from Spokane; lots of nice existing deep holes/lakes etc.
Finding a body in Los Angeles County, in a car or buried, is sheer laziness. As Humphrey Bogart said once (Playing Sam Spade or Philip Marlow, I forget), “The Pacific Ocean is too close.”
I hope this delightful news sets the pace for my busy week.
I hope that the jury deadlocks (if it doesn’t acquit) each time this gentleman is brought to trial. After a few deadlocked juries, judges will sometimes prohibit the prosecution from further attempts to try the defendant.
I’m sorry he has to endure this persecution.
Where in the Hell was law enforcement when his teenage daughter was being forced to do such terrible things everyday?
Many years ago, I worked a case in Appalachia of the death of a man who had a shack up in the hills. He would lure young men up to the place with offers of alcohol, marijuana, and such. He would then drug and rape them, as I remember. The grandfather of one such young man decided enough was enough, went up the hill with a 12 gauge, and lit him up. I actually don’t know what the grandfather was charged with, but by the time I left the area the DA was considering offering the old man something along the lines of “reckless discharge of a firearm.” The DA told me that the victim was a well-known predator in a small community, and he just didn’t see how a jury in the area would convict the guy.
There was a movie a million years ago called, IIRC, “Murder in a small town,” based on a true story of the town miscreant being lit up in broad daylight in his truck parked in front of a store on Main Street. Oddly, no witnesses came forward.
In Broad Daylight, 1991 TV movie based on a true story and starring Brian Dennehy.
Dennehy’s character was just evil. He was shot in broad daylight in his truck, trying to leave town just after being confronted by a group of residents who had had enough. Apparently shot ‘from a distance’ so no one would know who did it, NO ONE would admit anything and NO ONE was ever even arrested or charged !!!
Dass it maing! He was really good in that role.
That is the 1981 assassination of Ken Rex McElroy in the town square of Skidmore, Mo.
He was the town bully.
Everyone was elated when he was killed and no one would try to help an investigation or prosecution of his murder.
I spend a lot of time in Knoxville, TN and I remember this incident in the hills of Appalachia.
I would love to know the name of the decedent and the old man who brought him to justice without the delay and hassle of the DA, jury trial, appeals, Innocence Project intervention, etc.
Reminds me of the David Allan Coe song “Revenge” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tscmyErnQzA and the Bocephus song “I’ve Got Rights” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnbTl5wLbxo .
Most of us following the aftermath of this killing were worried the old man would spend the rest of his life in prison for killing the pervert who violated his grandchild.
Let’s go, Brandon!!! And, yes, I was at that race and listening to the post-race interview when the reporter chick was trying to interview the young man who won it.
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