From CNN:http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/12/23/new.york.governor.commute/index.html?hpt=T1 Taking race out of it, I don't know how I feel about the whole thing. Mr. White went out to confront these people, but they were in his yard threatening his son, and apparently one of them did try to take his gun. I suppose he could have stayed in his house, although I don't know what I would have done either. Putting race into it, I hope that Gov Patterson didn't commute this sentence purely on racial grounds, but I bet he's not handing out commutations for self defense like this everyday. Edit to Add: More info on the case during the trial: http://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=4581800&page=1 The man that was shot had a blood alcohol of 0.14. Coupled with the fact that there were four others with him, you have to doubt that they had anything other than confrontation on their minds. Also I can't see convicting White if I was on the jury. Opinions?