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A Good Deal On Self-Defense Knowledge

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8:40pm 4/14/2017 at 8:40pm

Some of you may be aware that the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) has licensed my book, “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition.”  They’ve added their own cover, and a foreword by their CEO, Tim Schmidt, but otherwise it’s the same book.  I’m also a member of USCCA’s Legal...

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Order Denying Immunity in Popcorn Shooting Riddled with Legal Errors

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:00pm 3/10/2017 at 7:00pm
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Curtis Reeves has been denied legal immunity from prosecution and civil suit over his fatal shooting of Chad Oulson, in an order issued today by Judge Susan Barthle (that order is embedded at the bottom of this post).

Reading Judge Barthle’s order, however, suggests that her legal analysis may be sufficiently defective...

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“Popcorn Shooting” Defendant Has Self-Defense Immunity Hearing

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 4:00pm 2/21/2017 at 4:00pm
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It was three years ago last month that retired police officer Curtis Reeves, then 71 years old, shot and killed 43-year-old Chad Oulsen in a Florida movie theater. The case became known as the “popcorn shooting” because the shooting allegedly happened over spilled popcorn.

Reeves has been charged with second degree murder and aggravated battery....

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Faux Science: Claim that homicides surged under Florida’s “Stand-Your-Ground” law

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 7:30pm 11/27/2016 at 7:30pm

The scientific journal JAMA Internal Medicine has published a paper utterly devoid of scientific or public policy merit, fraught with abject error and ignorance, and utterly lacking any arguable purpose other than to deceive gullible readers about the nature and merits of Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law.

The JAMA study follows another supposedly scientific...

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Prof. Glenn Reynolds (@instapundit) in the clear – No action by U Tennessee over “run them down” tweet

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 2:25pm 9/27/2016 at 2:25pm
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The University of Tennessee  at Knoxville apparently doesn’t want to take on the leader of the Army of Davids.

We reported the other day that UTK was “investigating” Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit over the tweet suggesting that drivers surrounded by the violent racist mobs of rioters on Charlotee highways “run...

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Analysis: Is it lawful self-defense to “run down” rioters surrounding your vehicle?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 2:00pm 9/22/2016 at 2:00pm
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The details on the Charlotte riots and attacks on motorists trapped on the highway and others are in our earlier post.

Instapundit (law professor Glenn Reynolds) was suspended from Twitter (then later reinstated) after posting the following tweet as those riots and highway blockades were ongoing:

Professor Jacobson has asked me to address...

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Twitter suspends Instapundit for suggesting people not become victims of racist thug rioters (Update)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 9:16am 9/22/2016 at 9:16am
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The rioting in Charlotte turned even uglier overnight, after the apparently false claim that a black man was shot dead by police for pointing a book.

All evidence so far shows that the “victim” was a career criminal who had a gun and turned towards police.

This appears to be another...

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Is the Terence Crutcher shooting case really so simple?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 11:30am 9/21/2016 at 11:30am

Last Friday night a black man named Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The case has already received a lot of attention as one of a line of recent incidents in which an unarmed black person was killed by police, and Tulsa Police Chief...

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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”).

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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

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

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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