Law of Self Defense  (Page 1)

Just Published “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Ed.” #1 at Amazon

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:05pm 5/10/2016 at 6:05pm
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I know many of you have been wondering where the heck I’ve run off to from the pages of Legal Insurrection, so I want to immediately dispel the most common rumor:  No, Professor Jacobson and I have not broken up. 🙂

More seriously, the reason for my absence has...

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Florida Senate Eases Threshold for Self-Defense Immunity

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10:30am 2/27/2016 at 10:30am
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Yesterday, on the 4th anniversary of the self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin, we wrote about Florida’s just enacted changes to its “10-20-Life” mandatory minimum sentencing law in the context of aggravated assault and self-defense.

There is also another substantive change to the state’s self-defense law that is advancing through the Florida legislature:...

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Texan Who Videotaped His Own “Self-Defense” Convicted on Re-Trial

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 6:00pm 11/21/2015 at 6:00pm
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This past Monday we wrote about the start of the re-trial of retired firefighter Raul Rodriguez who was previously convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in jail after shooting a neighbor over a dispute about the neighbor’s noisy party. Rodriquez had claimed self-defense justification for the killing.  That prior...

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Stand-Your-Ground Study Authors Concede They Didn’t Study Stand-Your-Ground

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 6, 2015 at 10:00am 11/6/2015 at 10:00am
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I know I promised that my prior post would be my last on the thoroughly debunked “scientific” paper, “Race,law, and health: Examination of ‘Stand Your Ground’ and defendant convictions in Florida.”

The debunking took place in these posts:

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Stand-Your-Ground Racial Bias Study used “media definition,” not “legal definition”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 1:00pm 11/4/2015 at 1:00pm
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Last week here I wrote a post about a “scientific” study of Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground (SYG) law. That paper was published in the Elsevier journal “Social Science & Medicine.”

The paper: “Race, law, and health: Examination of ‘Stand Your Ground’ (SYG) and defendant convictions in Florida” (Social Science & Medicine, Volume 142, October...

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NY Times’ mindless editorial over Stand-Your-Ground law

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 2, 2015 at 10:00am 11/2/2015 at 10:00am
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I imagine we’ve all chuckled at the mindlessness which the New York Times provides opportunities to observe the Murray Gell-Mann amnesia effect in action.

From my own perspective as an expert in use-of-force law I fail to recall a single instance in which the NYT has so much as approached factual accuracy or displayed contextual understanding in a piece on...

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New “Scientific” Stand-Your-Ground Study Is Ignorant of the Law

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:30pm 10/19/2015 at 7:30pm
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So this happened: A group of five self-described scientists representing prestigious institutions of higher learning, including the Harvard School of Public Health, Washington University School of Medicine, and the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, decided to look for racism in Florida’s “Stand-Your-Ground” laws (hereafter, “SYG”).

It will...

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Two Independent Reviews: Shooting of Tamir Rice “Reasonable”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 12:00pm 10/11/2015 at 12:00pm
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Two independent reviews of the 2014 shooting of Tamir Rice have concluded that the officers responsible acted appropriately under the circumstances–a conclusion we shared with Legal Insurrection readers four months ago.

The Narrative:

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Major Change Proposed for Florida Self-defense Immunity Law

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 4:45pm 9/15/2015 at 4:45pm
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Florida State Representative Dennis Braxley, often referred to as the father of the state’s Stand-Your-Ground law, filed a bill HB 169 that would profoundly alter the effects of Florida’s self-defense immunity law, reports the Orlando Sentinel. (The bill is embedded at the bottom of...

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The unarmed perpetrator

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:30am 8/12/2015 at 8:30am
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Here’s an excellent article on the plight of the unarmed perpetrator, by John Hinderaker. Here’s an excerpt:

This is the point I really want to make: the constant emphasis on police shootings of *unarmed* men that we see in the press is, f...

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Sam DuBose Shooting: Let’s Go to the Video Tape

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 5:55pm 7/29/2015 at 5:55pm
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On July 19, just 10 days ago, UC police officer Ray Tensing shot and killed motorist Sam DuBose in the course of a traffic stop, according to reports by CNN and others. Today, prosecutor Joe Deters announced that Officer Tensing had been indicted for murder in the killing.

The silver lining for...

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Sandra Bland Arrest: Another Lesson in Non-Compliance

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 24, 2015 at 4:00pm 7/24/2015 at 4:00pm
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So there’s another notable arrest in the news, that of black woman Sandra Bland by white Texas patrol officer, and thus we have yet another “teachable moment” in non-compliance to lawful police orders. (Note that I address here only Bland’s arrest–I’ve no particular insight into her death three days later while in custody.  Also, I...

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Two Years after Zimmerman Acquittal, Stand-Your-Ground Still in News

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 10:15am 7/14/2015 at 10:15am
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It’s hard to believe, but this week marks the two-year anniversary of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, on trial for second degree murder and other charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin. You can read more about it at Unexpected thanks to Legal Insurrection on 2nd Anniversary of Zimmerman Acquittal.

It is timely, then,...

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Stand Your Ground – Watch this video, and learn yourself something

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 7:00pm 6/21/2015 at 7:00pm
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As our readers know, Andrew Branca is THE expert on self-defense and Stand Your Ground law. He also has a great deal of knowledge about 2nd Amendment and gun control issues.

What you might not recall, is that Andrew originally was a commenter at Legal Insurrection. In the run up to the...

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Video Analysis: McKinney Brawl Another Rush to Misjudgment?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 8, 2015 at 9:15pm 6/8/2015 at 9:15pm
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If you hadn’t already heard the internet roar, there is outrage brewing at the use-of-force by police in McKinney, Texas.

The biggest driver of outrage appears to be a ~13 minute cell phone video.

Here’s that video in its entirety, but I call out specific relevant portions below if you don’t want to sit through...

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Madison, WI: No Charges in Police Shooting of Tony Robinson

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 5:28pm 5/12/2015 at 5:28pm
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We first wrote about the shooting of Tony Robinson (black) by Police Officer Matt Kenny (white) way back in March of this year.

Back then our angle on the story was to shine the light of reality on the increasingly popular meme of “white cop shoots unarmed young black man for no damn good reason”...

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Analyzing Wisconsin police shooting of unarmed Black teen

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3:25pm 3/8/2015 at 3:25pm
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Stop me if you’ve heard seen this one before: the now tiresome and wholly predictable cycle of news coverage when a white police officer shoots and kills an unarmed black teenager:

Step 1: Build the false narrative. Mainstream media outlets report that a police officer has shot an unarmed black teenager, and provide...

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