> HOUSTON, April 29 (UPI) -- A state district judge shot and
> killed a suspected robber during the lunch hour in downtown Houston.
> Police say Judge Werner Voigt fired three shots from a 9 mm
> pistol when he was assaulted Tuesday in a confrontation with a man
> suspected of stealing a briefcase.
> The Department of Public Safety says Voigt has a valid state
> permit to carry a concealed weapon.
> Police say a number of witnesses recognized the shooting
> victim and said he had committed a number of downtown robberies
> in recent days, including two on Tuesday.
> Police say the 60-year-old judge was driving his car when he
> was flagged down by a man who said he had just been beaten and robbed
> of his briefcase.
> According to police, Voigt turned his car around, drove the
> wrong way down a one-way street, and spotted a man matching the
> robber's description at a nearby intersection.
> Voigt got out of his car and told the man to give back the
> briefcase. Police say the man slammed the case on the hood of the
> judge's car and began hitting the judge, breaking his nose.
> Police say the judge pulled his pistol and shot the man once,
> but the man kept assaulting him. The judge then fired two more shots.
> The robbery suspect, who has not been identified, was
> pronounced dead at the scene.
> Charges have not been filed in the case.
> District Attorney Johnny Holmes says the case will be
> presented to a grand jury.
I wonder if the Houston Chronic and/or the Austin Amerikan Socialist
are going to print Editorials calling for the Judge's prosecution and
removal for issuing "Summary Justice?"
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
--George Santayana, American Philosopher
"The further backward you look, the further forward you can see."
-- Winston Churchill
"Decency, security and liberty alike demand that government
officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that
are commands to the citizen. In a government of laws, existence
of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the
law scrupulously." --Justice Louis D. Brandeis, dissenting,
Olmstead v. U.S., 277 U.S. 438 (1928)
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