France Debates as Robbed Jeweler Faces Murder Charge
Of course Le Pen is all over this like a RWNJ is all over Benghazi.
I am probably the last guy ever on this board likely to criticize a jeweler for choosing to have a gun as a last resort defense option. Or to shoot if need be by a strict definition.
But FULL STOP- Shooting a fleeing robber in the back as he makes his otherwise clean escape is not self defense by any measure of the term. Local jewelers closed up shop for a
day 15 minutes in protest of the jeweler being prosecuted. I don’t get that. It’s wrong to show solidarity with a man that steps that far out of the law.
I’m not at all familiar with French jurisprudence. So just my opinion as a jeweler and a gun owner for sport and defense-The jeweler in question here needs to be punished right in line with any other “heat of the moment” murder. No gem is worth a life.
France Debates Self-Defense as Robbery Victim Faces Murder Charge
By DAN BILEFSKY
Published: September 18, 2013
PARIS — Early on the morning of Sept. 11, a 67-year-old jeweler in Nice, France, raised his unlicensed semiautomatic pistol and shot a teenager in the back as he and an accomplice sped away on a motor scooter with gems they had stolen at gunpoint, prosecutors said. The body of the youth, Anthony Asli, 19, was discovered on a nearby street lined with small grocery markets; the jeweler, Stephan Turk, was arrested last week and charged with murder.
The prosecution of a Nice jeweler who killed a fleeing thief has become a major issue in France.
According to the BBC, on Sept. 10, jeweler Stephen Turk, 67, shot a 19-year-old man in the back as he fled after robbing his store. A second thief got away. The jeweler was charged with voluntary homicide and could face life in prison.
Prosecutors say that, while the law allows for killing in self-defense, Turk was in no danger when he fired his weapon. jckonline.com