Vigilante Justice

By Matt Simonsen*

In a 2012 case, a grand jury no billed a Texan who was accused of beating his daughter’s alleged rapist to death. After walking in on the ranch hand who was allegedly raping his daughter, the father pulled the man away from his daughter and beat him. He called for an ambulance, but they were unable to save the alleged attacker. The father received support and praise for his actions, drawing focus away from the fact that he killed a man with his bare hands. The sheriff’s department refused to arrest him on the basis that he was simply protecting his daughter and the Lavaca County district attorney, Heather McMinn, later found his actions to be justified by law (video; see also Tex. Penal Code Ann. § 9.32(2)(b) (West 2013)).

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