No Self-Defense Please, We're British


Reader Nathan Centofanti sends a link to this story in England's Independent:

Government lawyers say burglars 'need protection'
By Robert Verkaik, Legal Affairs Correspondent
05 May 2003

Government lawyers trying to keep the Norfolk farmer Tony Martin behind bars will tell a High Court judge tomorrow that burglars are members of the public who must be protected from violent householders.

The case could help hundreds of criminals bring claims for damages for injury suffered while committing offences….

Martin had shot two burglars (killing one) in his house.

Historian Joyce Malcolm analyzed how England has been undermining the right to self defense in the November issue of Reason. Read her take here.