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Old 04-16-2012, 01:13 PM   #14
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
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Re: We're the Problem

Mr. Story, you single out Judge Hurley as being misguided (my words - not yours). His view isn't much different than most prosecutors or police agents. Anything can be considered a deadly weapon if it is used for that purpose. There is even some truth to the old myth that martial artists must have their hands registered as deadly weapons; an experienced martial artist or boxer would quite likely be charged with an assault with a deadly weapon if he beat another person significantly. I don't think Judge Hurley is drinking the Kool-Aid here, and certainly wasn't too far off the mark in the case before him. I don't know the guy and this was the first and only ruling of his I've ever read, but I doubt he's all wrapped up in some Hollywood delusion from the context of his comments.

Michael
"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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