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An Americans Point-Of-View Please...

Above is a link to a newspaper article here in the UK. A man has been arrested for stabbing a young boy of 17 to death for trying to burgle his house.

Now, i'm not sure....But, would this man have been arrested in the USA? Would it simply be self-defence?

No bashing please

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Asked by mum-to-be-at-18 at 5:09 PM on Mar. 14, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • It would prob. be manslaughter here. Was the boy armed? 17 is like an adult here though.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:17 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • 17 is just under the age of an adult here. But, he would have been tried as an adult. If he were alive of course

    Answer by mum-to-be-at-18 at 5:20 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • breaking in to the house it would had been self defense but they probably would had arrested him still i know here in las vegas this guy shot this younger man and killed him for breaking in and he got arrested no charges where ever filed but that was after a week when they agreed it was sef defense

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 5:20 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • See what good taking guns away does?

    As for an answer the home owner would more likely be locked up too here in the U.S. I didn't read anything saying the boys had any weapons either though.

    overall my veiw is if you don;t want any trouble then DON'T BUST INTO PEOPLE HOMES!

    Answer by tnmomofive at 5:20 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • && anon 18 is an adult you wouldnt be sent to jail until you were 18 if your 3 days from 18 even they send you to juvie for 3 days then jail

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 5:21 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • Depending on the circumstances, he could still be arrested, and then found not-guilty by a judge by reason of self-defense. It's up to the police if he should be arrested or not, and then up to the county/state/etc to decide if there's enough question to be worth going to court.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:22 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • It would depend on the laws of that state and the details of the case.

    Some of our state's have laws that say the homeowner MUST leave the home if at all possible. If it is not possible to leave the home, then you are allowed to defend yourself but not all states allow you to defend your property too.

    Other states have what is known as the Castle Doctrinie. Your home is YOUR home and if someone breaks in while you are there, you have the right to assume they mean you bodily harm and to take action to defend yourself and/or property.

    In general, no matter what state, the police will look at everything before deciding what to do. Things like: Was there a vicious crime spree going on to make the homeowner more likely to think the burglar meant harm? Was the criminal armed with anything that could harm? Many times each day, homeowners here defend themselves or loved ones and aren't arrested.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 5:22 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • This has nothing to do with guns. In the UK its very hard to get a gun. Its mostly farmers who own guns over here. We arn't big on them here. At all.

    Answer by mum-to-be-at-18 at 5:25 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • i understand it has nothing to do with guns but if you want an americans point of view all we know pretty much are guns noone really just gets stabbed anymore all you hear on the news and read in the papers is people being shot so that is all the referance we really have

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:28 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

  • That was exactly my point this is some of what happens when peoples right to own guns is removed.He used a knife instead.

    I can give you links and also links to people upset about allowing their right to be taken and telling the US not to go there too.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 5:28 PM on Mar. 14, 2009

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