An odd case, indeed — one on about which I’d like your opinion.
Florida couple Joseph and Courtney Irby were going through a rough divorce.
On June 14th — having just completed a divorce hearing — the two got into a fierce argument. As Courtney was leaving the courthouse, Joseph rear-ended her; she was on the phone with the cops, and he was trying to run her off the road.
Allegedly, of course..
That resulted in Joseph being taken into custody and held overnight for domestic aggravated battery.
Purportedly fearing for her life, Courtney did some proactive protectin’ — she went to Joe’s apartment, searched and found his guns, and took ’em with her.
Ain’t nobody shootin’ her!
She drove the firearms to the Lakeland Police Department and told the boys in blue she didn’t trust her soon-to-be-ex-husband to turn them in.
She explained that she’d taken them from his residence, which resulted in this from the officer:
“So, are you telling me you committed an armed burglary?”
Add to that grand theft of a fiream.
The cops called Joseph at the jail, and he said he’d like to press charges.
Courtney was arrested.
She spent 5 nights in jail.
Strange case…or is it? There’s been a bit of public outcry over a woman afraid for her life taking matters into her own thievin’ hands. Some believe she shouldn’t be punished.
That group includes Democratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani:
Ms. Irby should not be prosecuted for protecting herself and her family, @LakelandPD should not have arrested her for seeking help, & in Florida we need to do a LOT better in keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. TY @FOX13News for lifting this up. #ProtectSurvivors pic.twitter.com/6RYxNDsJ8b
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) June 22, 2019
What do you think? Should Courtney be prosecuted? She indeed took things from another person’s residence; but they were not fully divorced…are the guns half hers? What about the protection element of all this?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts in the Comments section.
Joseph and Courtney are due back in divorce court on July 16th. I’m sure a fun time will be had by all.
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