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New Orleans D.A. Drops Merritt Landry Self-Defense Shooting of Black 14-Year-Old

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:30pm
Merritt Landry charges dropped over shooting of Marshal Coulter

Oh Lord, it’s hard to be humble, when my self-defense law predictions are so often right.

The New Orleans Times Picayune is reporting  today District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro of the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office officially announced they were dropping their efforts to prosecute Merritt Landry for attempted second degree murder over...

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Teenage burglar in New Orleans self defense case charged in separate home invasion

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 1:00pm
Protestors for Marshall Coulter

How can we miss him, when he won’t go away?

Marshall Coulter is, of course, the 15-year-old (then 14-year-old) shot through the head by Merritt Landry last July, when Landry found the youth inside his enclosed yard just feet away from his home’s door at 2AM.  The event, following on the heels...

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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
Marshall Coulter New Orleans burglary

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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Merritt Landry home-defense shooting prosecution stalls

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:25pm
Merritt Landry, wife, daughter

Following my update, posted yesterday, of upcoming self-defense trials for summer 2014, I received numerous inquiries about the Merritt Landry case.

Landry, you may recall, confronted a dark figure in the small, enclosed fenced-in yard of his New Orleans home at 2AM.  Landry fired a single shot, striking the figure–who would turn...

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Merritt Landry Case: Overview of Louisiana’s Self-Defense Statutes

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 9:05am

We’ll be covering the second degree murder trial of Merritt Landry, who was charged with second degree attempted murder for his shooting 14-year-old Marshall Coulter (described as a “professional thief” by his brother in news reports).

Coulter had scaled a spiked metal fence to enter Landry’s property at 2AM, in a Louisiana...

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Merritt Landry Allies Developing Narrative of Innocence

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:28am

It is perhaps inevitable that comparisons will be drawn between the  recently completed murder/self-defense trial of George Zimmerman in Florida and the just beginning travails of self-defense shooter Merritt Landry in New Orleans.

Indeed, I’ve already begun to do so myself (see “Zimmerman Redux: The Breaking Louisiana Self-Defense Case of Merritt Landry”).

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Zimmerman Redux: The Breaking Louisiana Self-Defense Case of Merritt Landry

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5:00pm

Merritt Landry, a 33-year-old “white caucasian” shot the victim, a 14-year-old black boy, in the head. A single spent cartridge case was recovered at the scene, indicating that a semi-automatic weapon was used and suggesting that a single shot was fired. The hour of the shooting was approximately 2:00AM, on Friday,...

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