A jury in Texas has found
That a shooter is now prison-bound
Forty years, said the judge,
Cos the man wouldn’t budge—
You can’t always, it seems, stand your ground.
Raul Rodriguez, from Texas, shot teacher Kelly Danaher after an argument about a noisy party.
He had argued that a state law known as “stand your ground” allowed him to shoot the 36-year-old.
A similar defence is also being used by a Florida neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot dead unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February.
Who knows what effect Texas might have on Florida?