Friday letters: High court must stand its ground

August 2, 2013 

— When I read the July 11 article “Intruder who killed man now claims immunity,” I first thought, “How can Gregg Isaac claim to stand his ground when the ground didn’t belong to him?” Mr. Isaac broke into Antonio Corbitt’s home, and then shot Mr. Corbitt when he thought the homeowner was pulling a gun on him.

But an invited guest wouldn’t own the ground either if he shot his host because his host threatened him. Perhaps it is good that the S.C. Supreme Court is hearing this case so it can rule out idiotic uses of the stand your ground law and give some reasonable guidelines for people too desperate or ignorant to figure it out themselves.

I blame defense attorney Mark Schnee for trying to use the stand your ground law in this case. There would have been no “threat” to Mr. Isaac if he had not broken into Mr. Corbitt’s home.

Mr. Schnee and other lawyers who try to win at any cost make the people dislike attorneys. This argument, like attempting to sue for damages after an intruder is injured, makes people distrust the legal system’s ability to provide justice.

I hope the Supreme Court rules solidly against Mr. Schnee and Mr. Isaac, and I also hope it reprimands Mr. Schnee and Mr. Isaac for wasting the courts’ and the taxpayers’ time with this idiotic argument that defies common sense.

Mary Ann Adams


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