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    Statute of limitations taken too far?

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    (sorry i couldn't come up with a better title)

    Ok in debates because I want to see what everyone thinks about this.
    here is the article
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080228/...jR5nRb_3YSH9EA
    Man faces murder trial for 1966 shooting


    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man who shot and wounded a police officer more than 41 years ago will stand trial for his murder following the officer's death last year, a judge ruled on Wednesday.


    Prosecutors say the victim, Walter Barclay, died of injuries directly linked to the 1966 shooting.
    William Barnes, 71, who already served around 20 years in prison for the shooting and other offenses, was rearrested last year and charged with murder following Barclay's death.
    Prosecutors say a urinary tract infection that afflicted Barclay was a direct result of his paralysis. That in turn was caused when Barnes shot him in the spine during an attempted break-in on November 27, 1966.
    Judge Bradley Moss of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas sided with prosecutors, although he noted that he had not found any other case in the United States in which a suspect had been charged with murder so long after causing an injury.
    "It seems to me the Commonwealth has met its burden in this matter," Moss said after a two-hour hearing. He set a trial date of March 19.
    Defense attorney Bobby Hoof said prosecutors failed to prove the police officer had not died from intervening causes between the shooting and his death in August 2007 at age 64.
    He argued that Barclay had been involved in two car accidents after the shooting and also fell out of his wheelchair, all of which could have contributed to his death.
    Medical examiners did not perform an autopsy and had not ruled out possibilities he might have died from other causes, Hoof said.
    Medical Examiner Ian Hood told the court that an autopsy had not been carried out because medical records clearly indicated Barclay died from the urinary tract infection that stemmed from his paralysis. He reported the cause of death to be homicide.
    so do you think the guy should be charged with murder all these years later?


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    Yes, because if he really did it he had ALL those years to come clean, and didn't.

    Wait, I change my answer, I read the whole story. No, he was punished already, though I'm not sure severly enough.


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    no, he was already punished for the shooting.... its like a loophole in double jeopardy

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    41 years later! No he should not be punished again
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    I do not think this man should be charged with murder. If he didnt die as a result of the shooting, how can they link it back to that so many years later and so many accidents later?
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    no, he had already been punished for the shooting.


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    I don't think so. He already did time for the shooting and they didn't even perform an autopsy, I don't think he'll get convicted, but weirder things have been known to happen.
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    No!!! First of all, I don't think the amount of time matters...had it even only been a year, I would say no! If he was already punished that is double jeopardy, in my eyes. Hmmm. Lol
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    No! He already served his time for the shooting.
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    No.He already served time for it.Being charged again would go against double jeopardy.
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