Don’t read this blog unless you have first seen Broward’s answer to the Ali/Forman “Rumble in the Jungle”.
You can go forward only if you have watched this 45 seconds of theatrics and hysterics on Channel 10′s website here.
In this corner it’s Über Lobbyist Bernie Friedman who is clearly attempting to block the media from talking to his client.
In the opposite corner it’s reporter Bob “I Ain’t Goin’ Back to New Times” Norman. Norman is doing his best version of a Mike Wallace microphone ambush of Friedman’s trash hauler client Phil Medico.
“You want to kill me and push me down the escalator” cried Friedman, sounding like he is trying to hold back the tears.
Lobbyist Bernie Friedman (left) pitching a hissy fit
The best part is when he whines that he has been battered and is going to file a police report.
No, I take that back. The best part was when he cried that if he had been killed he would have left his 22 year old daughter fatherless.
It was possibly the most melodramatic, overacted, hissy fit imitation of Scarlett O’Hara I have ever seen: “As God is my witness, I’ll never be thrown down another Broward County Government Center escalator again.”
Interestingly, this little video strip is a clear illustration of how our “Stand Your Ground” law could make all the difference in a self defense case.
Friedman is clearly preventing Norman from freely using a public escalator.
[A fight is “a brewin”. Thar’s gonna be a fussin an a fuedin’.]
Prior to the “Stand Your Ground” law Norman might not have been allowed to shove Friedman out of the way. The old law might have required him to “safely retreat”. The video makes clear Norman could have done that.
But since 2005 Norman had a perfect right to use all reasonable force to get poor Bernie out of the way of a place Norman was legally entitled to go. As long as you are legally in the place, you no longer “have a duty to retreat”.
Had Bernie taken a header and ended up like Trayvon only one thing would have been certain. Dave Bogenschutz would have gotten another celebrity client.