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Zimmerman verdict may cause review of Michigan's 'Castle Doctrine'

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With everybody and his uncle joining the feeding freezy surrounding the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict, there was no good reason to leave state lawmakers out of this story. So when asked, they jumped in.

The GOP leader has no problem with a review of Michigan's version of the Florida Stand Your Ground law.  Our's sounds more homey...the Castle doctrine.  It allows anyone to pop an intruder if her or she figures they may be popped first.

While Sen. Randy Richardville may be on board, former sheriff turned GOP Senator Rick Jones couldn't disagree more.  "Is there any reason to revisit it...? He asks and then answers, "Absolutely not."

Mr. Richardville and Mr. Jones are not always two amigos. They have a "history" as they say in the biz and here's one more issue that divideds the two.

"Issues that happen in other parts of the country cause us to re-look from time to time. It's always a good idea to revisit laws that we have in place and see if they make sense in comparison. That's not unusual," the logical side of Mr. Richardville's brain appears.

Mr. Jones, who helped write the Castle law (named after the notion that a man's castle is his home), sees no logic. In fact he fears if they re-oepn this debate, "somebody would like to gut it."

He dismisses all the fervor over these self-defense laws as being a fundraiser for various groups.  He didn't mention the NAACP by name.  "What we have here are a few people trying to make some money for their organization by stirring up political stuff on this.  They're making money and in the meanwhile, they're starting riots."

The senate GOP leader has not elevated this review to the top of the legislative "to-do" list saying, "I'm not saying I'm going to do anything except take a look at what we've got going and what's happening down there (Florida) and do some comparison...I'm not opposed to anybody who wants to take this on as a priority."

You won't see the sheriff raising his hand on that one.

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