Should “Stand Your Ground” Self-Defense Law Apply to Suspended Oklahoma Football Star Joe Mixon

Source: Berry Tramel/NewOk

The opinions never seem to stop coming in the Joe Mixon case. The latest former Oklahoma state legislator Mike Fair.

Mixon, of course, is the OU tailback who was charged with a misdemeanor count of an act resulting in gross injury after an altercation with an OU coed. Most people know the general details.

Fair emailed me this week with this declaration: District Attorney (Greg) Mashburn Did Not Serve the Intent of the Law. I know, I helped write it.

“Back in the 1980 elections, I had already served four years in the state House of Representatives. A friend, Rep. Rebecca Hamilton, was elected that year and we served together on the House Criminal Justice Committee. Because of my experience as a lawmaker, Rebecca asked me to help her take gender out of Oklahoma criminal law.

“Over the next few years we often sat down and went through the statutes, line by line, rewriting the law. If it is wrong for a man to commit a crime against a woman, it is wrong for a person to commit a crime against a person. Because of my reputation as a hardliner on crime and punishment, Rebecca also asked me to join her in carrying the proposals on the House floor. The team of a conservative Republican and a moderate Democrat was effective. I don’t recall a time when we failed to achieve our purpose. I was elected to the Senate, and Rebecca left to raise her family. She later returned to the state House and is being term-limited out, this November. I was term-limited out in November 2004.

“If the person, Ms. Molitor, verbally assaulted Joe Mixon, she was guilty of assault. When she shoved him and slapped him, she was guilty of battery. For District Attorney Mashburn to make the case of ‘punching a girl’ as any different from her crime of pushing and slapping, shows an ignorance of the law. His filing a charge relating to an act resulting in gross injury, again incorrect. If Mr. Mixon had sat on this person and pounded her face, he might be guilty of such a charge. One return blow does not demonstrate any more than self-defense.”

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