Quoting Mom of 3 Little Boys!:" When someone broke into my house about 15 years ago, the county sheriff that responded to the call said ... [snip!] ... to kill though because if you just wound them they can sue you even though THEY were the ones trespassing on your property."
We studied a case like that in college, a man was attempting to break into a woman's house and found a week spot in the roof and completely crashed through the ceiling, she had one of those overhanging storage things for pots and pans on the wall a magnetic strip for her knives...well I guess the way he came down he hit the knives and pots & pans. He was able to sue her for injuries. He didnt win but the simple fact that he was allowed to continue to terrorize her like that just makes me mad about our legal system