This is where my confusion on the issue arises. Your first response was 'Fuck him', not that it's possible that Nally was temporarily not of sound mind.chemicals wrote:Ward lived miles away so i doubt that scene could ever happen - however if he did -it would be more proof that he was not in his right mind surely ? it not a case of drawing the line -the question is-was the man acting rationally or not at the time - I'm fairly sure he was terrified out of his wits and his behavior in the preceding days -hiding in the shed with the shot gun etc are not the acts of a fully rational man .
The first reaction of most I have come accross has been similar to yours, then followed usually by 'it was self defence' and he was justified because he Ward would likely have gone off and returned with a posse, so he had no choice. Then when discussed in more detail the issue of his irrational fear has arisen.
So was his defence that it was 'self defence' or was it that he was not of sound mind or a mixture of both.
If he was found not to be of sound mind, how is it that he was just let go; surely some sort of mental health assitance would be in order? Or was it just that the jury accepted he acted in self defence?