Thursday, May 31, 2012

A judge effectively rules: you have a duty to die because the right of a violent criminal to kill you trumps your right to defend your life.

Anne Bryant, sister of Jonathan Lowe, displays photos of him in his days as a Marine. (Shumita Basu / Staff Photographer)

Above Photo: Anne Bryant, sister of Jonathan Lowe, displays photos of him in his days as a Marine.

In one of the worst miscarriages of justice ever, a Philadelphia judge found a man guilty of killing a man who struck him with a metal pole, knocked him to the ground and was attempting to strangle him in the commission of a robbery. The victim is now facing up to 12.5 to 25 years in prison for the crime of defending himself.

 It all started when Jonathan Lowe, 57, a retired marine who had recently survived a heart attack and multiple strokes, was returning home from dinner with a friend. As Lowe was walking home, he was attack by 3 thugs. Although Lowe attempted to get away, they followed him and one of the assailants, Loren Manning, age 51, hit Lowe with a metal pole, knocking him to the ground and then proceeded to choke him. With Manning’s hands around his neck and strangling him, Lowe managed to retrieve a pocket knife and started stabbing Manning. Manning died. Lowe was charged with unlawfully killing him and the judge rejected legitimate self-defense as a defense.

Manning was a career criminal with 40 arrests, 18 convictions and was currently awaiting trial for knocking out a woman’s teeth while robbing her.

Lowe was not a career criminal. Although he had a rough life, he joined the Marines in 1976 and was honorably discharged in 1982. At one time, Lowe had drug problems but they were long behind him.

Lowe was just a law abiding citizen minding his own business when he was violently attacked.  For the crime of defending himself, he may very well spend the rest of his life in prison.

Related articles:

Despite ‘Castle Doctrine,’ defendant is convicted in slaying

Should ex-Marine face murder charge for killing his alleged attacker?


  1. A Judge? Who? Why does this bastard get anonymity? Is it because someone who is fed up with this Judge's insane rulings might feel entitled to knock him to the ground with a pipe and strangle him? I assume so.

    Still I think the people deserve to know who these *^%&*(^^ a-holes are

  2. We need elected judges because at least the people get a chance to vote the judicial tyrants off the bench.


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