NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

October 17, 2013

The right of self-defense endangered

To the editor:

Readers should be aware of what’s at stake in the appeal that was filed for my self-defense case as covered in your Oct. 2 story, “N.H. Supreme Court rejects Abramson appeal.” The first issue raised asks whether the jury should have heard evidence of a woman chasing my housemate with an ax, according to his written statement, “yelling she was going to kill me for calling the police.” At issue in any self-defense case is whether or not a belief that others are in danger was a reasonable one. Two jurors sneered, another slept.

The second issue was whether or not the weight of the evidence of danger to others could be ignored: gang leader Paris Cormier trying to wrestle the gun from me, daring me to shoot him, the “hysterical” 911 recording where another woman cried, “there’s a fight ... there’s blood everywhere,” police testimony and photos showing “blood and broken glass all over the floor,” a woman coming downstairs with a knife and beer bottle during the brawl threatening to “harm or kill someone,” according to a witness. All of the material witnesses denied the major elements and facts in the indictments, as well as the prosecutor’s accusations and AG’s summary on appeal.

Finally, police admitted that I’d asserted my Miranda right not to speak. The right to speak with an attorney before being questioned is a long-standing right recognized by the courts, but the justices decided to allow “post-Miranda hearsay” in anyway, despite many inconsistent statements by officers at trial.

The real issue is whether, as Americans, we still have the right to defend our homes and the people in them when confronted by a murderous attack by violent criminals — or whether you now have a duty to die. Neither the police department nor Jim Reams has explained why they let go of so many known criminals with outstanding arrest warrants, countless violent criminal convictions and, according to their own police reports, statements and physical evidence of “attempted murder.” Lives depend on the right to self-defense.

Albert “Max” Abramson

Seabrook

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