Patterico's Pontifications

10/26/2008

Houston Pawn Shop Owner Kills Robber

Filed under: Crime,Law — DRJ @ 7:33 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The preliminary report suggests the owner acted in self-defense:

“Clifford Jerome Thomas, 36, wore sunglasses and a cap about 6 p.m. when he pulled a gun on the owner of Gulf Coast Pawn and Jewelry, 9440 Louetta, Harris County Sheriff’s deputies said.

Thomas threatened to kill the owner, who was working behind the counter. He took out a pair of handcuffs, ordering the man to his knees, deputies said.

When the owner refused to comply, Thomas fired at him, but missed. The owner was able to retrieve his own pistol and shot Thomas several times, deputies said.

Thomas, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, later died at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. The owner was not injured, deputies said.”

The article says the shooting will be sent to a grand jury. It should be an open-and-shut case if this report is accurate.

Still, it’s surprising that the robber may have been wearing a bullet-proof vest. The vest suggests he expected violence but I guess he gets points for being prepared (for all the good it did). Aren’t bullet-proof vests pretty expensive?

— DRJ

Iowahawk: I Am Bill (Ayers)

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 5:00 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Read it. Then laugh and/or weep.

— DRJ

Your Help May Be Getting Results

Filed under: General — Alex @ 4:08 pm

I’ve now consulted with three separate lawyers; begun drafting (with significant help from readers) a civil complaint against 1&1, Sedo, DomCollect, and others; researched and begun drafting an ICANN complaint; sent several letters to 1&1, Sedo, and DomCollect and their spokespeople at fama PR; and researched other situations like mine.

There are indications that this multi-pronged approach is starting to bear fruit. I’ll believe it when I see results, but all your help is seemingly moving the ball forward.

I’ll keep you updated.

And no matter how this turns out, I will remain interested in the issue of domain hijacking. I’m starting to see a pattern here, and it’s not pretty.

UPDATE: Another WordPress glitch has me posting as “Alex” again. Sigh. This post is obviously by Patterico.


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