Rep. Borris Miles was protected by a self-defense law, A law he opposed


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mrreynolds
April 21, 2008, 03:22 AM
All Muck is Local: Kiss Your Career Goodbye
By Lila Shapiro - April 20, 2008, 11:05AM

In the annals of local muck, lawmaker assault is a consistent subcategory. Maybe it's the pressures of the job, but this week we meet yet another: Rep. Borris Miles (D-Houston).

Miles was indicted this past Monday for two counts of deadly assault. Though many in this category could be called impulsive, few appear quite so conflicted in heart and mind as Borris Miles.

Miles was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2006. His notoriety began only four months later when he was walking through the capitol with his two children and saw a couple of paintings he found offensive. The paintings were curated by an anti-death penalty group. The first depicted a lynching, the second an electrocution with the caption "Doing God's Work." Mile's response? He took them off the walls and hid them in his office. Why Miles freaked out is not quite clear. He later said that part of the problem was that the paintings were displayed without an explanatory note, and "As a black man, I was offended on the first one, and as a Christian on the second one."

The following July, Miles shot a man who was attempting to burglarize his construction site. Miles, a former police officer, had a license for the gun, and was never charged-- he was protected by a self-defense law. A law he opposed. The New York Times reported:

In July, Mr. Miles confronted a robber at his home construction site and shot him in the leg. No charges were filed, but he said he still opposed the new law. "We have a right to defend ourselves in our home. I support that and I always will," Mr. Miles said. But the law went too far, he said, by expanding the right to use deadly force in the workplace and one's automobile.

But apparently restraint is not much of a watchword for Miles.

In December 2007, Miles had a real red letter day.

In the afternoon, he brandished a pistol while threatening Texas Southern University regent Willard Jackson and his wife during a Rockets/Mavericks game at the Toyota Center.

In the evening, he forced his way into an invitation-only party of a business rival, and threatened another husband-wife pair. First brandishing his pistol again, then telling them that he is a "thug" and a "gangster," and then forcibly kissing the wife, then her husband:

Hall (the prosecution) said his client, party host David Harris, decided to press charges after a drunken Miles shocked guests with loud, profane language, grabbed his face and planted a Godfather-style "kiss of death" on his cheeks. Harris also said Miles handed him a pistol and declared, "You don't know what I'm capable of doing."

On January 14th, Miles' lawyer said that Miles "disagrees" with the reports of the event.

However, on Wednesday, he turned himself in. He's currently out on bail, facing up to $4,000 in fines and a year in jail. Unfortunately for Miles, his political career isn't in the balance, since earlier this year he lost in the Democratic primary to the former Texas rep he beat in 2006. Since the indictment, he's managed to keep quiet and has made no statement.

LINK (http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/04/in_the_annals_of_local.php)

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tntwatt
April 21, 2008, 03:37 AM
Just another hypocrite,democrat, liberal.

XDKingslayer
April 21, 2008, 09:55 AM
In the evening, he forced his way into an invitation-only party of a business rival, and threatened another husband-wife pair. First brandishing his pistol again, then telling them that he is a "thug" and a "gangster," and then forcibly kissing the wife, then her husband:

If by hypocrite you mean crazy, then yes...

Standing Wolf
April 21, 2008, 09:57 AM
Since the indictment, he's managed to keep quiet and has made no statement.

Asleep, probably.

In full seriousness: he sounds like a walking, talking, two-legged advertisement for the proposition the mentally ill should be prevented from exercising the right to keep and bear arms.

WayneConrad
April 21, 2008, 09:58 AM
Just another politician

Fixed it for you. If you want to paint with a broad brush, make it broad enough.

Eightball
April 21, 2008, 10:11 AM
The following July, Miles shot a man who was attempting to burglarize his construction site. Miles, a former police officer, had a license for the gun, and was never charged-- he was protected by a self-defense law. A law he opposed. The New York Times reported:

In July, Mr. Miles confronted a robber at his home construction site and shot him in the leg. No charges were filed, but he said he still opposed the new law. "We have a right to defend ourselves in our home. I support that and I always will," Mr. Miles said. But the law went too far, he said, by expanding the right to use deadly force in the workplace and one's automobile.Sounds to me like the moonbat just admitted that he would've been better off in jail.

RoadkingLarry
April 21, 2008, 11:09 AM
If by hypocrite you mean crazy, then yes...

If by crazy you mean just plain old stupid then yes...

blkbrd666
April 21, 2008, 11:43 AM
Didn't this crazy dude play for the Buffalo Bills and the 49ers at one time???

Deanimator
April 21, 2008, 02:55 PM
He's got a bright future in Chicago... :rolleyes:

Deavis
April 21, 2008, 04:43 PM
In the afternoon, he brandished a pistol while threatening Texas Southern University regent Willard Jackson and his wife during a Rockets/Mavericks game at the Toyota Center.


Uh... if he has a CHL then he violated 30.06 by neing in the Center with a gun. It is posted and forbidden. Let's see some felony charges.

Vader
April 21, 2008, 05:46 PM
Another fine example of "The law applies to me but not to thee"

Nolo
April 21, 2008, 05:51 PM
Wow.
Wow.
Wow.
Uhhhh...
Wow.
Just wow.
He needs to be kicked out, quick. He is an honest to God danger, that's what he is.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
April 21, 2008, 05:52 PM
He needs about 5-15 years for making multiple deadly threats - that will give him time to mull over his hypocrisy. What a piece of work...

Robert Hairless
April 21, 2008, 06:02 PM
Rep. Borris Miles (D-Houston) is special. There are lots of special people who oppose self-defense and individual ownership of the means to do so.

Yes, I did read what he is quoted as having said. I have, however, the power to understand self serving babble, a techinque taught me by an ancient Babylonian who swore me to secret, inspired me, and then expired.

Do not buy a used car from anyone who tells you that the way to be safe is to be defenseless. These are not people who have your best interests at heart.

As a wise man once said "Teach a man to fish or sow seed, then go into the cattle business and make a fortune."

ZeSpectre
April 21, 2008, 06:45 PM
This is a classic case of TRANSFERENCE! In short "I don't trust my self control but I can't admit publicly that I'm crazy so I will try and get blanket laws passed that restrict everyone.

arthurcw
April 21, 2008, 07:00 PM
Deavis,

I don't think 30.06 comes into play. It's owned (I think) by Harris County and the signs have no meaning. The City and the County have a long sting of Govn't owned buildings that are posted unlawfully.

But since it was durring a sporting event... he should be hosed under 46.035

PC 46.035.

UNLAWFUL CARRYING OF HANDGUN BY LICENSE HOLDER.

...
(b) A license holder commits an offense if the license holder intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries a handgun under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, regardless of whether the handgun is concealed, on or about the license holder's person:

...
(2) on the premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting event or interscholastic event is taking place, unless the license holder is a participant in the event and a handgun is used in the event;

Unless he wants to claim he was part fo the entertainment and somehow part of the event. I bet it was entertaining.

My guess is the DA won't try any charges under 30.06. The last thing His Royal Higness White wants is precident that his 30.06 signs are, indeed, bogus.

lee n. field
April 21, 2008, 07:23 PM
In the afternoon, he brandished a pistol while threatening Texas Southern

, and threatened another husband-wife pair. First brandishing his pistol again,

Harris also said Miles handed him a pistol and declared, "You don't know what I'm capable of doing."

Real piece of work, isn't he.

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