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Former Lawrence criminal not guilty this time


¢ A man convicted of attempted murder in Lawrence in 1995 has been acquitted of second-degree murder in Yakima, Wash. The [Yakima Herald Republic][1] says a jury found Judd Hurst, who was convicted in Lawrence of shooting a motorist, this time was justified in the Yakima shooting.It was not Hurst's first brush with the law. According to court records, he was convicted of attempted murder in 1995 for shooting at a motorist in Lawrence, Kan., hours after he tried to firebomb a rival teen's car.He was 16 at the time and was tried as an adult, serving four years in prison._¢ Kansas University professors involved in a retreat for the Austin, Texas, City Council may have gotten themselves involved in a bit of a controversy. At least that's the take of a columnist for the [Austin American Statesman][2], who says the council's decision to have the retreat at a pricy spa didn't make any sense._This is significant because the public is taking a $16,000 bath thanks to the council. I had to laugh when I read that one of the drawbacks of this expensive aura-fluffing session the council will hold Thursday and Friday out at the Crossings is the out-of-the-way location. It's 22 miles from downtown, meaning it would be tough for the general public to attend.Like anybody in his right mind who doesn't have to be there would want to listen to our City Council discuss its "Strength Deployment Inventory" with a couple of "facilitators" from the University of Kansas. Anybody who would attend something like that without being dragged there with a log chain should not be allowed to leave the grounds of the home unattended.¢ A Lawrence woman, Emma Pogge, was involved in a Veterans Day ceremony in Branson, Mo., the city's [News-Leader][3] reports.Also dropping rose petals for her comrades-in-arms was 94-year-old Emma Pogge, an Air Force veteran who served from 1943 to 1951 and lives in Lawrence, Kan. Last year, she and her husband, Ernest Pogge, an Army veteran, also came to Branson for Veterans Homecoming.Emma Pogge said she had a stroke six years ago, but "we still travel a lot. It just made it harder to get around," she said, shaking her cane.Pogge said she's concerned about the troops now serving in the Middle East._"I hope they all come back and stay back," Pogge said._ [1]: http://www.yakima-herald.com/page/dis/287419680179830 [2]: http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/11/07/7kelso.html [3]: http://www.news-leader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061107/NEWS02/611070380/1007/NEWS01


Ceallach 11 years, 3 months ago

Is it justifiable for someone who has served time for attempted murder to use a gun again? For anything? That can't be right!!

Bob Forer 11 years, 3 months ago

Who were the University of Kansas "facilitators." The News-Leader's column doesn't identify them by name or department, and I am dying to know.

John Spencer 11 years, 3 months ago

Could you use a different font for the 'foreign articles' It is really hard to read.

GladImGone 11 years, 3 months ago

"Just because you got in trouble at 16 doesn't mean you can't protect yourself from on armed assailant later in life."

Yes it does. Federal law prohibits posession of a gun in ANY circumstance by a convicted felon. Re-read the article again before accusing others of not reading it. It says he had a gun in the car. "Hurst then grabbed a Glock semiautomatic pistol from under his car seat " Why the feds haven't gotten him yet is beyond me however....

GladImGone 11 years, 3 months ago

And as far as judging by "someone's past", they hit it spot on, he's trouble and always has been....

towniejj 11 years, 3 months ago

You should read the article about the justifiable homicide before you jump to conclusions because of someone's past. The LJW did not give much of a description, but the Yakima paper had a detailed account of the incident... and obviously the jury knows more about this case than you do. Just because you got in trouble at 16 doesn't mean you can't protect yourself from on armed assailant later in life.

larryvillerocker 11 years, 3 months ago

Well, "GladImGone" if you know so much about the law, then you should also know that self-defense is a defense to a felon-in-possession charge in most (if not all) jurisdictions.

GladImGone 11 years, 3 months ago

Well I would assume a felon in posession of a freakin firearm to begin with would trump a self-defense defense. Why don't you go test your theory....

jaded 11 years, 3 months ago

GladImGone, to bad you don't know what you are talking about. It is legal to defend yourself. The possession of a freakin firearm was dropped because he was found NOT GUILTY and the state of WA will have to pay civil damages. You can talk all the trash you want about a young man who was put in a horrible situation. I hope you never experience what he went through. Or his family. I guess it is easy to sit at your computer in your home and pass judgements on others.

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