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    A Texas jury acquitted a man for the murder of a woman he hired as an escort, after his lawyers claimed he was authorized to use deadly force because she refused sex.
    Ezekiel Gilbert shot Lenora Ivie Frago in the neck on Christmas Eve, after she denied his requests for sex and wouldn’t return the $150 he had paid her, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Under Texas law, an individual is authorized to use deadly force to “retrieve stolen property at night,” and Gilbert’s lawyers cited that provision as justification for Gilbert’s action, reasoning that Frago had stolen $150 from him by taking his money without delivering sex. In a police interview played for jurors, Gilbert “never mentioned anything about theft,” a detective told the San Antonio Express-News. Frago, who was 21, was critically injured and died several months later.
    While the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida has generated notoriety for NRA-backed Stand Your Ground laws, which authorize the unfettered use of deadly force without a duty to retreat in defense of one’s person or home, Texas’ exceedingly broad law goes well beyond this, to allow deadly force in protection of any piece of “tangible” or “movable” property.
    The Texas provision authorizes deadly force not only to “retrieve stolen property at night” but also during “criminal mischief in the nighttime” and even to prevent someone who is fleeing immediately after a theft during the night or a burglary or robbery, so long as the individual “reasonably” thinks the property cannot be protected by other means.

    This shockingly broad statute authorizes individuals to take not just law enforcement, but punishment, into their own hands and impose death for alleged offenses that would never warrant the death penalty even if the person were convicted in court. But even in light of the expansive vigilante justice made legal by the statute, it is difficult to see how Gilbert’s behavior was justified, given that escorts are not entitled to deliver sex under the law, and delivering sex for money is an illegal transaction.
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    Wtf?
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    That's some bullshit.
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    That's just insane! Does this mean that any arsehole with a slick lawyer can get off a murder charge if he claims he got rolled by a hooker? Ridiculous!
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    I can't even believe this is real.

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    I'm just gonna pretend I never read this...

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    wtf??? i just can't.
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    Such bullshit. Wtf is wrong with people? Seriously jurors need to be given an i.q. Test before being selected.
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    Insane. At least it was TEXAS.
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    Boooooooooooooooooo Shellee, booooooooooooooooo! There are just so many things wrong with this verdict and case in general.
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    This is downright odd. Most Texas juries would have hung his butt. Very off.
    OK-read the whole aticle. She and her pimp were running a rip-off scheme on Craigslist.
    He is extremely remorseful. I guess that swayed the jury...
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    OK-read the whole aticle. She and her pimp were running a rip-off scheme on Craigslist.
    Still doesn't mean she deserved to die for it. 150 bucks FFS!
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    This is disgusting. I can't believe you can get twelve people to agree that another person's life is worth less than $150.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    This is downright odd. Most Texas juries would have hung his butt. Very off.
    OK-read the whole aticle. She and her pimp were running a rip-off scheme on Craigslist.
    He is extremely remorseful. I guess that swayed the jury...
    There is even more to it than that.

    Firstly, an escort advertising on craigslist or backpage (notorious for bait and switch and/or upsell and/or going outside to give the money to "driver") cannot specifically list what services she offers because it's illegal. In most advertising there is an attempt at disclaimer that the money is for time only/gift/don't be crude in communication so as not to entrap the prostitute.

    Secondly, she spent about 20 minutes inside his home and we don't have the details of what went on there. She told him she was going outside to give the money to her driver (yes most likely a pimp but a lot of girls do have a guy that drives them to these appointments)

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    This whole thing is wrong. SO he's remorseful? Was he drunk? What fucking planet does he live on where you decided to start shooting at people with an assault rifle but you never meant for anyone to get hurt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by faithanne View Post
    Still doesn't mean she deserved to die for it. 150 bucks FFS!
    Certainly not,Faithanne! That was not my point. The point was her scammer con past would cause the jury to second guess. A clever lawyer can twist that into a tornado and confuse everyone. I don't like the verdict and still am surprised a bit.
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