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Maryland Legislature Advances Home Invasion Law

House Bill 1143 had its first reading in the Maryland State Legislature on February 10, 2012. The bill, which deals with “AN ACT concerning Criminal Law – Home Invasion Violent Crime and Armed Home Invasion 2 Violent Crime,” was introduced by Delegates Lee, Arora, Barve, Cane, Carr, Cullison, DeBoy, Frick, Glenn, Healey, Ivey, Jameson, A. […]

NOTE: Since writing this article on January 26, 2012, the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida, has raised a firestorm of controvery about “Stand Your Ground” laws. The Wikipedia entry on “Castle Doctrine,” upon which “Stand Your Ground” legislation is based, also is in flux. Home Invasion News recommends that you check for updates in […]

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Sarah McKinley was home alone with her three-month old baby on New Years Eve when Justin Shane Martin and Dustin Louis Stewart forced entry into her mobile home. McKinley’s husband had died about a week earlier, on Christmas Day, from lung cancer and she says she suspected the intruders were after drugs that might have […]

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Two thugs forced their way into a first-floor apartment in Lincoln Park, a suburb of Chicago, armed with guns. Thirteen people, all in their twenties, were forced to the floor, while Avery Cooper, 20, and David Vines, 18, demanded cell phones and cash. Cooper and Vines were caught in Detroit by Belmont, MI-area detectives and […]

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A U.S. Marine just back from Afghanistan and staying at his sister’s large home outside Memphis, fired upon a home invasion suspect July 11. “He tells me to put my hands up. So I say ‘okay’ and luckily I had my Glock right beside me. So I get my Glock, shoot off about six rounds […]

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July 11, 2011 … House Bill 790 was introduced in the Maryland State Legislature on February 10, 2011. Titled the “Criminal Law — Home Invasion Violent Crime” bill, the purpose of the legislation (currently under consideration by the Maryland State Judiciary Committee) is to prohibit a person from breaking and entering the dwelling of another […]

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I’ve noticed that the phrase “home invasion” seems to turn up more and more in news reports. I did a search of some Missouri newspapers looking for the term “home invasion,” and–sure enough–”home invasion” seems to have arrived in Missouri. Before the year 2000, it was seldom used in Missouri news reports, referring mostly to […]

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The Guardian in Prince Edward Island, Canada, reports that “brazen daylight robberies and home invasions are becoming more commonplace.” Home Invasion News doesn’t know whether or not the crime statistics bear out that impression. In the comment section of the Guardian, one of the readers said, “[It] doesn’t seem to be crystal clear what will […]

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“A break and enter of occupied residential premises with forced confinement, assault, or battery of occupants.” That’s how duhaime.org defines “home invasion.” The keywords here are occupied, forced and occupants. Those words mean that the perpetrators knew — or didn’t care — that you were home when they broke in. Moreover they very likely hurt […]

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