About: Andrew Branca

Andrew F. Branca is in his third decade of practicing law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He wrote the first edition of the “Law of Self Defense” in 1997, and is currently in the process of completing the fully revised and updated second edition, which you can preorder now at lawofselfdefense.com. He began his competitive shooting activities as a youth in smallbore rifle, and today is a Life Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and a Life Member and Master-class competitor in multiple classifications in the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA). Andrew has for many years been an NRA-certified firearms instructor in pistol, rifle, and personal protection, and has previously served as an Adjunct Instructor on the Law of Self Defense at the SigSauer Academy in Epping, NH. He holds or has held concealed carry permits for Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida, Utah, Virginia, and other states.




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Freddie Gray Trials: Prosecutors Drop Remaining Trials Against Officers

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11:24am 7/27/2016 at 11:24am
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This morning Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dropped all criminal charges against the remaining “Freddie Gray” defendants, reports the Baltimore Sun.

There were three trials remaining–de novo trials of Officer Garrett Miller (whose trial was scheduled to begin today) and Sergeant Alicia White, as well as a re-trial of Officer William Porter....

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Freddie Gray Trial: VERDICT! Lt. Brian Rice Acquitted on All Charges

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Posted by    Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10:38am 7/18/2016 at 10:38am
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[UPDATE: The official transcript of Judge Williams’ decision has been embedded below. Thanks to commenter amwick.]

Like a Baltimore State’s Attorney version of the movie “Groundhog Day,” the fourth of the Freddie Gray trials has once again failed to achieve a conviction on even a single charge, according to Baltimore Sun...

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Freddie Gray Trial: State Presents Same Failed Case, Defense Rests

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 10:30am 7/13/2016 at 10:30am
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The defense rested yesterday in the current “Freddie Gray trial” of Baltimore Police Department Lieutenant Brian Rice, and closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday.  Given the past practice of trial judge Barry Williams a verdict in this bench trial is likely to be delivered by him no sooner than early next...

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Freddie Gray Trial: Same-Old, Same-Old in Trial of Lt. Brian Rice

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Posted by    Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:00pm 7/7/2016 at 7:00pm
Freddie Gray Trial Same-Old, Same-Old in Trial of Lt. Brian Rice

The “Freddie Gray trial” of Lieutenant Brian Rice began today with opening statements and the state’s first two witnesses, reports the Baltimore Sun (the tweets embedded below are also provided by Baltimore Sun reporters).  Rice has chosen a bench trial before trial Judge Barry Williams.  The last two “Freddie Gray” defendants, who...

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Freddie Gray: Bench Trial of Lt. Brian Rice to Begin Thursday

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 7:00pm 7/5/2016 at 7:00pm
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The courts have scheduled the next trial in State Attorney’s apparently pathological persecution of innocent police officers charged in the death of community drug-dealer Freddie Gray on Thursday.  This time the victim is Baltimore Police Department Lieutenant Brian Rice, the most senior of the six officers charged in Gray’s death. They...

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Freddie Gray: Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Faces Increasing Criticism

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 7:30pm 6/29/2016 at 7:30pm
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It wasn’t supposed to be this way for State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  When she abruptly brought criminal charges against six Baltimore Police Officers during riots, looting, and arson following the death of community drug dealer Freddie Gray she became an immediate media darling.  Profiles in Vogue quickly followed, as well as...

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Freddie Gray: Insight Into Acquittal

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 1:00pm 6/23/2016 at 1:00pm
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Just a quick post here to add some additional insight into the acquittal of Office Caesar Goodson, first from an experienced trial attorney in Baltimore, then from two of the Baltimore Sun reporters who have most intensively covered these “Freddie Gray” trials, and finally an editorial from the Baltimore Sun editorial board...

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Freddie Gray: VERDICT! Not guilty on all charges!

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Posted by    Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:55am 6/23/2016 at 10:55am
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Minutes ago Judge Barry Williams, sitting in a bench trial, acquitted van driver Officer Caesar Goodson of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton.

Goodson had been charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, manslaughter, two counts of vehicular manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in...

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Freddie Gray: Sheriff Who Swore Charges Against Officers Says He Never Investigated

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 6:30pm 6/22/2016 at 6:30pm
Freddie Gray_ Is It Just Me, Or Does It Smell Like Perjury in Here? trial officer cogen

Well, well, well.  It looks like the civil suits filed against State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby (who brought the prosecution againt the officers) and Baltimore Assistant Sheriff Cogen (who swore out the charges against the officers) is beginning to bear strategic fruit, just as I’d predicted was their true immediate purpose.

Today the ...

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VERDICT WATCH: Freddie Gray: Trial of Van Driver Officer Caesar Goodson

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 10:00am 6/22/2016 at 10:00am
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Thursday morning trial Judge Barry Williams is expected to release his bench verdict in the “Freddie Gray” trial of van driver Officer Caesar Goodson. Officer Goodson is charged with murder, multiple counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

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Freddie Gray: Defense Rests in Trial of Officer Caesar Goodson

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Posted by    Friday, June 17, 2016 at 1:30pm 6/17/2016 at 1:30pm
Freddie Gray Van Driver Goodson Opts for Bench Trial

The defense has rested in the “Freddie Gray” trial of van driver Officer Caesar Goodson.  Goodson is charged with murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment , and he is the third officer to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.  The jury trial of...

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Freddie Gray: Prosecution’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Trial

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Posted by    Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 1:41pm 6/16/2016 at 1:41pm
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As we’ve previously discussed, State prosecutors in the trial of van driver Officer Caesar Goodson were forced at the last minute to change their theory of the case from “Murder by Failure to Provide Medical Care” to “Murder by Rough Ride” after the evidentiary foundation for the prior theory evaporated.

Yesterday prosecutors...

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Freddie Gray: Trial Implosion! Medical Examiner first believed injury was accident

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 2:04pm 6/15/2016 at 2:04pm
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In what would be a shocking turn of events in any trial other than one brought by Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, state prosecutors have for the first time introduced into court evidence that medical examiner Carol Allan had at one point believed Gray’s death was an accident, reports the Baltimore Sun.

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Freddie Gray Day #4: Prosecution’s “Rough Ride” Theory Implodes

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 8:00am 6/15/2016 at 8:00am
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The fourth day of the “Freddie Gray” trial of van driver Officer Caesar Goodson is most notable for the implosion of the state’s “rough ride” theory of the case for lack of evidence.

Prosecutors were compelled to throw this theory into the mix for the first time on the first day of...

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Freddie Gray: Trial of Van Driver Caesar Goodson, Day #3

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Posted by    Monday, June 13, 2016 at 8:00pm 6/13/2016 at 8:00pm
Freddie Gray Van Driver Goodson Opts for Bench Trial

News reports this evening indicate that the third day of the “Freddie Gray” trial of police van driver Officer Caesar Goodson has been pretty much of a nothing burger.

The prosecution has floated, to one degree or another, three theories of the case, as we described in some detail in our prior...

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Freddie Gray: The Relevance of Donte Allen’s Changing Eyewitness Testimony

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Posted by    Monday, June 13, 2016 at 3:30pm 6/13/2016 at 3:30pm
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Last week we posted about how prosecutors in the current Freddie Gray trial of van driver Caesar Goodson had concealed from Goodson’s defense attorneys an interview they had conducted with one Donte Allen.  Accordingly, the defense filed a motion for the dismissal of the charges against Goodson, a motion denied by...

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Freddie Gray: Five of Six Officers Now Suing Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby

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Posted by    Friday, June 10, 2016 at 11:30am 6/10/2016 at 11:30am
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On May 26 we posted that two of the six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray—Sergeant Alicia White and Officer William Porter—had filed defamation and invasion of privacy charges against Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Major Samuel Cogen of the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office . It was Cogen...

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