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VANCOUVER, Wash. - A prosecutor says he'll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the ...


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Old 08-20-2014, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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VANCOUVER, Wash. - A prosecutor says he'll dismiss a firearms charge against a man who contends he was following the advice of Vice President Joe Biden when he fired a shotgun in the air to chase off intruders.

Jeffrey C. Barton had been scheduled for trial next week on the misdemeanor, The Columbian reported.

Barton will instead face a charge of obstructing a police officer, Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik said Tuesday.

Barton, 53, acknowledges firing the gun in July 2013 to chase away three men who appeared to be breaking into his vehicles in Vancouver.

He planned the so-called "Biden defense," based on a statement the vice president made in February 2013 that people don't need automatic weapons because shooting a shotgun in the air would scare off intruders.

Golik doubts a jury would be persuaded beyond a reasonable doubt that Barton violated the law.

"A person, even in a no-shooting zone, still has the right to defend their person or their property," Golik said. "In this case, based on the facts, there is a reasonable argument that Mr. Barton may have been defending his person and property when he fired in the air."

Barton said the obstruction charge also is groundless.

"Tony Golik is desperately grasping at straws" to keep out of a civil suit, Barton said. "They have to charge me with something; they've let this go on too long."

His trial is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 24.
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hahahahahahaha

The Biden defense.... Wouldn't it be great to see it as case law
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Black LEO shoots unarmed white kid in Utah. No problem kill some more.
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Black LEO shoots unarmed white kid in Utah. No problem kill some more.
Shhhhhhh


We're not supposed to talk about it
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But a picture of West Miami is just as bad. Is that the palmetto express way? Sure don't miss it.
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But a picture of West Miami is just as bad. Is that the palmetto express way? Sure don't miss it.
Ha! I guess who ever did that picture didn't read the street signs like I didn't. Here they are talking about Texas and the street signs are from South Florida.
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Best I can tell, that highway runs from Indiana to Tennessee.
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Originally Posted by SilvrSRT10 View Post
Ha! I guess who ever did that picture didn't read the street signs like I didn't. Here they are talking about Texas and the street signs are from South Florida.
Or....

Because of the number of undocumented workers in Texas, US Citizens commute a really long way for work
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Drove that road for 30 years. It belongs to Castro now.
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