An interesting news story on NBC News today says that the woman who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at her husband will get a new trial.
Once you’ve read the story, an interesting bit emerges: the woman argues that she went to the car, but it was in the garage and the garage door was jammed shut, forcing her back into the house to escape. That’s an important bit of information the media hadn’t reported previously! If she indeed couldn’t leave the home because the garage was jammed, then her actions are much more defensible. Then she had to go through the house. Then if her ex-husband threatened her, she had a right to defend herself. Then her warning shot was not criminal, it was just poor tactics.
The lesson here, folks…sometimes, even the jury doesn’t get to hear all of the truth. Hopefully they will in this case.
The second lesson: always leave yourself a way out if at all possible.