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    TX - Lenora Frago, 23, fatally shot, San Antonio, 24 Dec 2009

    Texas Says It's OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won't Have Sex With You (Gawker)
    A jury in Bexar County, Texas just acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of charges that he murdered a 23-year-old Craigslist escort—agreeing that because he was attempting to retrieve the $150 he'd paid to Frago, who wouldn't have sex with him, his actions were justified.

    Gilbert had admitted to shooting Lenora Ivie Frago in the neck on Christmas Eve 2009, when she accepted $150 from Gilbert and left his home without having sex with him. Frago, who was paralyzed by the shooting, died several months later.
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    Gilbert testified earlier Tuesday that he had found Frago's escort ad on Craigslist and believed sex was included in her $150 fee. But instead, Frago walked around his apartment and after about 20 minutes left, saying she had to give the money to her driver, he said.

    That driver, the defense contended, was Frago's pimp and her partner in the theft scheme.

    The Texas law that allows people to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft was put in place for “law-abiding” citizens, prosecutors Matt Lovell and Jessica Schulze countered. It's not intended for someone trying to force another person into an illegal act such as prostitution, they argued.
    Jury acquits escort shooter (San Antonio Express-News)

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    Good grief. Wrong in so many ways...
    “Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all." -Abp Oscar Romero

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    Wow!!!

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    Daily Mail, with pictures:

    Texas jury acquit man who shot dead Craigslist escort who refused to have sex with him

    San Antonio juries - who can say. Around 2007 jurors acquitted a guy who killed a neighbor and whose story was that he was on LSD at the time and a little green man jumped out from behind a pint of ice cream in his freezer and told him to do it.

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    I'm ashamed & furious that this happened in my state

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    What can I say? The mind boggles.
    Just my opinion

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    How much would he have to pay for a dinner before that defense kicks in?
    Every murderer is someone's old friend ... Agatha Christie

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    Well they just opened season on prostitutes down there didn't they? Now every man who kills a prostitute will be claiming that he was just trying to recover his money.

    What happens when this guy kills another prostitute trying to "recover his money?" Call him a serial killer or say he was justified?
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

    Why is it that when a custodial parent fails to provide for a child it is called neglect and is a criminal matter. But when a non custodial parent fails to provide it is called failure to support and is a civil matter?


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    This is absolutely disgusting.

    Shame on you, Texas!

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    Hmmmm...I'm really on the fence with this one.


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    This is a blatant miscarriage of justice.

    In the US prostitution is illegal, but escorting is not. An escort sells her time only, sex is not included, which makes her activities legal. To get around the law prostitutes will advertise services as escorts, and then perform sex as a consenting adult for no charge. They are not actually paid for the sex, and in that way they skirt the law.

    In other words this woman was doing nothing wrong and did nothing wrong. Basically this guy assumed she was going to have sex with him, when in fact he was only buying her company for a period. Then, when she would not have sex with him, he attempted to recover the fee at gun point and shot her when she fled. So he was the one attempting theft, not her.

    This incident was simple murder. It should have been an open and shut case.

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    This is what you end up with when you legalise deadly force over property. Deadly force should only be legal in defense of someone's life, not in defense of $150.

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    We’re getting to the point in this state where maiming or killing anyone can be justified as legal so long as a gun is involved. Under this unbelievably expansive statute, someone can use deadly force “to prevent the other’s imminent commission of arson, burglary, robbery, aggravated robbery, theft during the nighttime, or criminal mischief during the nighttime.” Read those words carefully. Under Texas law, if I see some kid getting ready to spray-paint his name on an underpass after dark, I can kill him. Criminal mischief at night can be a Class C misdemeanor involving less than $50 in damages, but in Texas, it effectively carries the death penalty. (Unless—and I can say this for damn sure—the youngster is a wealthy white boy. Then the murder charges will come raining down.) The enraged shooter can also kill anyone fleeing with a piece of property that isn’t his.
    http://www.vanityfair.com/online/eic...xas-s-gun-laws

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    I didn't know about this and sure won't be going around any homes at night. What about the daytime? I really do not like living here and would love to move far far away. This is the first time ever hearing of this type murder.

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