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New Trial for Man Who Video Recorded Own “Self-Defense” Shooting

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:48am
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A Texas Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Houston man, Raul Rodriguez, convicted in 2012 of murder for the shooting death of a neighbor, Kelly Danaher, in 2010, on the grounds of defective jury instructions on self-defense, according to reports by ABC news and other news agencies.  (A full-length...

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Three Weird Myths About Marissa Alexander That People Think Are True

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:35am
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Marissa Alexander was back in the news, as her lawyers try to preclude state prosecutors from getting truthful but damaging evidence against her before the jury (details on this below). With her trial now only about 6 weeks away, the misinformation machinery will be spinning up to top speed. As a...

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Jr. High Hate Crimes: Self-defense limitations still apply

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 10, 2014 at 1:15pm
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It all started when an 8th grader decided to wear his mother’s wig to school as a joke.

What could go wrong?

Apparently, a great deal. By the end of the day that awesome judgment call had cost the wig wearer an eye, within weeks leading to a juvenile hate crime conviction on...

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Debunking “Don’t talk to police”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 11:00am
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Some of you may be familiar with a popular Youtube video entitled “Don’t talk to police.”  And by popular, I mean POPULAR; it’s had over 4 million views.

In that video a lawyer makes an energetic argument that you should never talk to the police under any circumstances, ever.

[UPDATE:  In my own...

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Wait: Teachers Not Ready to be Armed, but They Can Dodge Bullets?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 6:40pm
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So, people send me stuff. Which I love. And sometimes what they send makes me want to both laugh, and cry.

Today I was sent a link to a video on the Bloomberg news site, about a company named Hardwire that has for years provided high-tech armoring materials to combat vehicles in...

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Andrew Branca Talks Self-Defense Law on KXDJ-Texas

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11:30am
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I was interviewed by Chris Samples of KXDJ radio, way WAY up in the Texas panhandle, on the subject of (naturally) self-defense law.  This radio interview was triggered by the recent scheduling of a Law of Self Defense Seminar up in the Amarillo area of the Lone Star State.

I don’t have...

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Busting the myth that handcuffed suspects pose no deadly danger to police

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7:00pm
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We have covered the recent shooting death by police of a handcuffed suspect in Georgia:

By now we’ve all heard expounded the major theme propounded by protesters that a handcuffed suspect could never present a danger of...

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Disparity of Force: Shooting and Killing an Unarmed Attacker

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1:15pm
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A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled “When can you legally use a gun against an unarmed person?”  That post discussed the self-defense law element of proportionality, with a particular emphasis on disparity of force, to explore (as the title suggests) when a gun could be used against an unlawful attacker...

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MO Legislature Overrides Veto, Allows Schools to Arm & Train Teachers

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 12:30pm
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The majority Republican Missouri legislature handed yet another victory to pro-children activists yesterday, and a stunning defeat to those who would leave school children vulnerable to murderous psychopaths, when it overwhelmingly overrode the Democrat Governor’s veto of legislation allowing teachers to be armed in schools, as reported by the NRA and...

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Detroit Front-Porch Shooter Gets 17 to 32 Year Sentence

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 7:00am
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Theodore Wafer, the Detroit-area man convicted of second degree murder for the shogun killing of a very drunk Renisha McBride on his front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013, has been sentenced to 17 to 32 years in prison, according to a report by the Indiana Gazette.

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Legal Analysis: Was Ray Rice’s Punch to Wife’s Head Lawful Self-Defense?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 11:30am
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Well, this weekend I learned there’s a guy named Ray Rice who’s got a pretty mean left hook, at least when he’s punching his wife in the face on an elevator.

It seems he also plays something called “football,” or at least he used to do so until surveillance video of the punch was...

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This time, gang members choose wrong victim

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8:30am
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Yesterday I wrote of yet another vicious deadly-force gang attack: “Caught on video: Another black-on-white racially motivated gang attack.”  

In that post, I cautioned that gang attacks of this kind were likely...

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Caught on video: Another black-on-white racially motivated gang attack

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 8, 2014 at 2:30pm
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Fast on the heels of the gang attack upon the white couple described in yesterday’s post, “Caught on Video: Vicious Group Attack by Thugs on Young Couple,” comes another video capture of a gang of black teenagers beating unconscious what appears to be a randomly selected white man intent on nothing...

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Caught on Video: Vicious Group Attack by Thugs on Young Couple

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 12:30pm
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What timing.  Just last Sunday I put up a post exploring the question of “When can you legally use a gun against an unarmed person?”  In that post I explained that deadly force, such as a gun, can be used in lawful self-defense even against an “unarmed” attacker, where the “unarmed” attack...

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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
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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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