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Friday, October 31, 2008

Words matter, even prepositions

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Apparently, if you are "in" a building, it is impossible to shoot "at" the building. So says the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, when they threw out a conviction of a man for discharging a firmarm inside his apartment. He was charged under statute that enhanced for shooting "at or in the direction of" a building, commonly used to for drive-by shooting crimes. Firing "at" a building requires the shooter to be outside the building, the Court of Criminal Appeals said in a 6-3 ruling. If the lawmakers meant to include shooting "in" a building, they could have chosen another preposition, Judge Cheryl Johnson wrote for the majority. Makes sense to me.




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