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Judge rules against Demar(Illinois)

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Blaster, Oct 31, 2004.

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  1. Blaster

    Blaster Member

    Apr 13, 2004

    A Cook County judge Friday rejected the arguments of a Wilmette man who claimed his constitutional rights were violated after he shot a home intruder and then was cited for violating a village ordinance banning possession of a handgun.

    Hale DeMar, who shot Morio Billings of Chicago after Billings broke into his home in December, challenged the village ordinance under which he was fined $750.

    In a 16-page order, Circuit Judge Thaddeus Machnik dismissed his claim, disputing DeMar's argument that his right to privacy under the 14th Amendment includes the right to possess a handgun in his home.

    "On Friday, Machnik's order concluded, in part: "The United States Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit, and the Illinois Supreme Court have categorically held that the right to possess a firearm, and particularly a handgun is not a fundamental right." The judge also stated that municipalities have a "legitimate governmental interest" in reducing firearm-related deaths and injuries.

    You know what to do: write,call,run his fax machine out of ink and paper

    Circuit Judge Thaddeus Machnik
    Address: Richard J. Daley Center
    50 Washington St., Room 1001
    Chicago, IL 60602

    Phone: (312) 603-7957

    Fax: (312) 603-4557
    (312) 603-3475 (Executive Officer)
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2004
  2. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    Two out of three isn't half-bad.
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