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Overturned Murder Conviction for Arizona Man Who Used a Firearm in Self-Defense

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by Packman73, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. Dec 4, 2009 at 10:13 AM
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    http://www.nraila.org/News/Read/NewsReleases.aspx?ID=13173

    Overturned Murder Conviction Will Stand for Arizona Man Who Used a Firearm in Self-Defense



    Thursday, December 03, 2009


    Fairfax, Va. -- An Arizona man who spent nearly three years in prison for justifiably shooting a man in self-defense is now free and clear of all guilt in his case. This week the Arizona Supreme Court let stand the state appellate court’s decision to overturn Harold Fish’s second-degree murder conviction. The National Rifle Association provided assistance in this case. NRA’s Office of General Counsel advised Fish’s defense counsel, and the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund provided financial aid for Fish’s defense.
    Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action said, “We are pleased that justice has finally prevailed for Mr. Fish in this case that was clearly justifiable self-defense. We wish the best for Mr. Fish and his family in the future.”
    In 2006, Harold Fish was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Grant Kuenzli. Fish encountered Kuenzli and his vicious dogs while hiking on a trailside in Coconino County in May of 2004. After Fish fired warning shots at the aggressive dogs, Kuenzli tried to attack him, and Fish was forced to shoot him in self-defense. At the time of the shooting, current self-defense laws in Arizona -- which put the burden of proof on the prosecutor instead of the defendant -- did not exist. During Fish’s trial, the jury was not allowed to hear evidence that Kuenzli had acted violently in similar situations in the past. In June, an Arizona appellate court overturned Fish’s conviction, acknowledging the jury should have heard this evidence and also saying the jury was not instructed properly on the meaning of “unlawful physical force.” Attorney General Terry Goddard had asked the Arizona Supreme Court to review the appellate court’s decision, and this week they declined.
    Fish’s case spawned two laws in Arizona strengthening the rights of gun owners to use a firearm to defend themselves and their loved ones. SB 1145, passed in 2006, put the burden of proof back on the state, saying that those who use firearms in self-defense are to be considered innocent until proven guilty. This year, Governor Jan Brewer signed SB 1449 into law, making retroactive SB 1145, which effectively allowed Fish and others in similar positions the right to a new trial, as well as to be considered innocent in the justifiable use of force unless the state proves otherwise.



    :woot:
    for justice!
     
  2. Dec 4, 2009 at 10:16 AM
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    But the fact that he spent 3 years on prison is BS.
     
  4. Dec 4, 2009 at 10:19 AM
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    Yup, total BS.
     
  5. Dec 4, 2009 at 10:32 AM
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    Too bad he probably can't sue the state for a wrongful conviction. It is excellent that justice was finally served and the laws rewritten to reflect the proper premise of innocent until proven guilty; but his life will never be quite the same after three years in state prison.
     
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    The criminals have way TOO many rights and the victims have too FEW.

    Hope he can get his life back to normal now.
     
  8. Dec 4, 2009 at 10:37 AM
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    He never should have spent a min in cuffs!!!
     
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    Guilty until the opposite is proven, eh?
     
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