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A Conundrum? New Orleans Murders Fall as Self-Defense Killings Rise

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 9:45am
Kawanda Hampton

It’s become so commonplace for “journalists” to be blind to obvious cause-and-effect relationships that fall outside the acceptable Progressive narrative that James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal has long used the tag-line “Fox Butterfield, Is That You?” as he notes these occurrences in his daily (and excellent) “Best of the Web”...

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No Second Self-Defense Immunity Hearing for Marissa Alexander

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:40am
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Marissa Alexander has been denied a second shot at a self-defense immunity hearing (often incorrectly referred to as a “Stand-Your-Ground’ hearing), reports by First Coast News.

Under Florida’s self-defense immunity statute (

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Florida prosecutors fail in effort to deny self-defense immunity to black male shooter

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 7:00pm
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The Miami Herald is reporting that the Florida Supreme court has declined to hear state prosecutor’s final appeal of self-defense immunity awarded to a black Floridian who shot and killed two Hispanic men in self-defense: “State high court won’t hear appeal in Miami self-defense case” (h/t Miguel over at GunFreeZone.net).

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How bad can a lawyer be and still be deemed “effective”? Pretty bad

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 9:30am
Bad Lawyer Cap

One of the most common questions I get at Law of Self Defense Seminars is, “How do I pick a good self-defense lawyer if I’ve had to use force in defense of myself (or my family, my home, business, etc.)?”

That’s too lengthy a topic for a forum post, but it does...

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Marissa Alexander’s Desperate Efforts for Self-Defense Immunity Hearing Delayed Again

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 8:30am
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Marissa Alexander was back in court today for a pre-trial hearing on whether she will be granted yet another shot at self-defense immunity under Florida statute FL 776.032: Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.  

In what has become an all too familiar pattern in this case,...

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Upcoming Florida Sup Ct ruling on 10-20-Life sentences may seal Marissa Alexander’s fate

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:00am
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Sometimes “seeing the sausage get made” is just no fun at all.

This past week the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that hinges on whether sentences under 10-20-Life must be served consecutively, or whether sentencing judges have the discretion to order these served concurrently.

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Will Marissa Alexander get second shot at Self-Defense Immunity?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:30pm
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Well, three hours of a pre-trial hearing on whether Marissa Alexander should be permitted yet another pre-trial self-defense immunity hearing wrapped up this morning. Rather than bury the lede, here’s the bottom line.

No decision.

Instead, Judge James Daniel elected to schedule still another pre-trial hearing on whether Marissa Alexander should be permitted...

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Teenage burglar in high-profile New Orleans self-defense case burglarizes again

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 11:30am
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It was just days ago that I provided an update of the Merritt Landry self-defense case down in New Orleans: Merritt Landry home-defense shooting prosecution stalls.

In that post I noted the remarkable degree to which the Prosecutor was struggling to obtain an indictment from the Grand Jury on the charges of...

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Ambush and execution is not “self-defense”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:20am
Byron Smith sentenced to life without parole

This will be a short post, and is intended to just briefly answer the question I’m often asked as to why I haven’t blogged about Byron Smith.

I’ve had the question asked hundreds of times, and I’m going to defer now to a group response, and generate a source to which I...

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Wikipedia Edit War over CNN legal analyst failure to pay Zimmerman debate wager

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 12:08pm
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Andrew Branca wrote the other day about his bet with CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin, recorded on air at the Berkeley Law School Stand Your Ground debate, CNN analyst welches on bet after Andrew Branca wins “Stand-Your-Ground” Debate.

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Andrew Branca’s “Stand-Your-Ground” Talk at the NRA Annual Meeting

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10:00am
Andrew Branca speaking at NRA Annual Meeting 2014

The past several days I’ve been attending the National Rifle Associations’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, having been invited to speak at the NRA’s 17th Annual Firearms Law Symposium as part of the larger gathering.

The Annual Meeting is a massive event, with something on the order of 70,000 people attending, hundreds of...

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CNN analyst welches on bet after Andrew Branca wins “Stand-Your-Ground” Debate

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:05am
UC Berkeley Stand Your Ground Debate Video opening screencap

This past Tuesday, April 22, I participated in a debate on Stand-Your-Ground hosted by UC Berkeley Law School.

As you might expect, hilarity ensued.

It turned out there were actually three sides to the debate. The two lawyers on the anti-SYG side of the issue were opposed to the debate proposition that “Florida...

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Want proof they won’t stop with your guns? Here it is

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11:20am
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9496568

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is among the most aggressive groups in seeking to limit, if not eliminate, the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear Arms.

CSGV also attacks so-called Stand Your Ground laws through misleading accounts of what happened in the Trayvon Martin shooting by George Zimmerman.  This CSGV video...

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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence objects to Andrew Branca speaking at Campbell U Law School (Update – UC Berkeley too)

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:00am
Andrew Branca Campbell Law School

Andrew Branca was invited by Campbell University Law School to speak on the issue for which he is best known, The Law of Self Defense.

Here’s part of the press release announcing the visit:

Nationally renowned self-defense expert Andrew Branca will speak at Campbell Law School next Tuesday, April 8 at noon in...

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