Self-defense Is Legal in Alabama

And prosecutors hate that. Florence man dismissed of murder charges.

A grand jury (and the DA runs those) indicted him, but a judge ruled that he is immune to prosecution under Alabama self-defense laws.

Circuit judge Will Powell stated in the order of dismissal, Marcus Weakley was justified when using deadly physical force when he shot and killed Patton Shipley in June of 2018.

A testimony stated during a hearing that Shipley shot at Weakley first.

So while self-defense is a human-right, the DAs will work to prosecute you, if they can.

Alabama Hospital Pays Ransom

But it’s OK, because they have insurance. Alabama Hospitals Back Online 10 Days After Malware Attack.

The DCH Health System said its hospitals in the west Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport and Fayette resumed admitting patients Thursday, and its imaging and patient scheduling services were going back online Friday.

So they did what the FBI has been telling people not to do, which is pay the ransom. I wonder if they will take any action to prevent a repeat attack, or if the bad guys are just keeping a list for places to revisit next year. I also wonder how long insurance will be available. You can get homeowners’ insurance because house fires are relatively rare occurrences. If half of your neighborhood burned every year, insurance would be harder to come by, or it would cost a whole lot more.

Alabama Hospitals Pay Ransom

So that will encourage the people keep executing attacks. DCH pays hackers responsible for ransomware attack.

The DCH Health System has made a payment to the hackers responsible for the crippling attack on its computer system that’s impacted operations at its three hospitals since early Tuesday morning.

Because it is easier to pay ransom to a bunch of criminals than spend the money to secure and backup your systems ahead of time. Besides, at least for now, you can buy insurance for these kinds of hacks. I can’t believe that the insurance companies can keep this up forever.

Ransomware Continues to Impact Health Care

Remember when Obama said computerizing medical records would be such a good idea. U.S. and Australian Hospitals Targeted by New Ransomware Attacks.

Three hospitals in Alabama and seven in Victoria, Australia have been hit with ransomware. Some are not accepting new patients. Some are reverting to manual procedures.

In a related bit of news, a California clinical group is closing its offices because they can’t recover patient records.

In related news, following another ransomware attacks from early August, Californian medical practice Wood Ranch Medical announced on September 18 that it will be closing offices on December 17 because of the extensive loss of patient healthcare records.

Their “backup server” was online, so it too, was encrypted. Having a separate copy of your data is NOT ENOUGH. How many times do people need to be told that before they’ll listen? Well, if they don’t listen to this advice at this point, then they never will. And my level of sympathy for people playing in traffic was exhausted decades ago.

So I can’t decide if Obama and Company saying how great things would be when all medical records are computerized counts as politicians pretending to be engineers (or computer scientists), or if it just evidence of colossal arrogance. From my POV, having all the records on computers, that the doctors won’t pay to secure, hasn’t made things better. I’m sure the hackers LOVE the fact that all those records are computerized. And poorly secured. You could think Obama has some interest in the hacking, but that would be giving him too much credit for understanding what encryption can do. Smartest President Ever™

You Are Not Protected By Your Zip Code

A fairly typical case of self-defense, and a fairly typical case of neighbors being shocked. Woman confronts intruder inside Eastern Shore home.

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Cliff Cadenhead said, “The current homeowner was actually in the bathtub and she had two young juvenile children who were in the house also, and the kids heard some movement or whatever going on in the house, would go out there and look and see someone in the house that shouldn’t be in the house.”

Sheriff’s officials say the children told their mother and she told them to get out of the house

But they didn’t get out of the house, and their mother did get a firearm. There was a brief struggle, and the intruder was shot.

And the neighbors were shocked to discover that they live in The Real World™ and not some fantasy land.

Another neighbor, … said, “It’s surprising. It’s a really nice neighborhood. I haven’t met these people specifically, but I met a lot of people in the neighborhood and its always been a calm neighborhood.”

If you can read this, I am sorry to tell you that you too live in The Real World™ where crime can, and too often does, happen. Your neighborhood is not “too nice for crime.” Crime is not something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” You are not immune. You should plan accordingly.

Self-defense in Alabama

This story makes less sense than most of them. Limestone County sheriff: Homeowner shoots home invasion suspect.

He crashed his car nearby, and then broke into a house and was searching through items.

There was apparently a scuffle between the homeowner and the suspect, and the man shot the suspect, according to the sheriff’s office.

Cops took him to a local hospital. No word on his condition.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Cops Are Calling It Self-defense

But they don’t get to make the final determination. Police: Fatal shooting of woman was self-defense.

An initial investigation, Williams says, has determined the woman was shot in self-defense. The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury as a possible justifiable homicide.

No arrests have been made.

Don’t Bring a Box-cutter to a Gunfight

And reporters need to learn who is, and who is not, a victim. Man injured in apparent self-defense shooting after woman attacked.

He pulled a box-cutter and slashed a woman half-a-dozen times. Then he turned on her boyfriend.

The boyfriend pulled out his gun and shot the victim three times.

Fulton said the shooting victim was taken by helicopter to Baptist South. The victim who was cut also went to a hospital and required about a hundred stitches.

It doesn’t say in the article, but it has the earmarks of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend being mad that she decided to live without him.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

He suffered from a breakdown of the victim-selection process. Mobile homeowner shoots possible burglary suspect on Chin Street.

He thought it would be a good idea to break into a home. Then he found an armed homeowner.

Police say the homeowner fired a shot and hit the man in the foot.

The investigation is ongoing, but the homeowner has not been charged with a crime. Self-defense is a human-right.

Terrorist Camp in Alabama

No mention by the national media? FBI uncovers homegrown terror training camp in Alabama.

But this plot of land in Macon County, Alabama is described in an FBI search warrant as a “makeshift military-style obstacle course” belonging to a small group of terrorists led by Siraj Wahhaj who owned the property up a long dirt road but just a few miles from downtown Tuskegee.

Hat tip to Godfather Politics.