Posts by Andrew Branca  (Page 10)
 

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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Social Sciences Study of Stand-Your-Ground Strikes Out

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9496568
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Posted by    Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 5:45pm 11/5/2015 at 5:45pm
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9496568

This is my third (and hopefully final actually, one more coming!) post on a recently published social sciences paper: “Race, law, and health: Examination of ‘Stand Your Ground’ (SYG) and defendant convictions in Florida” (Social Science & Medicine, Volume 142, October 2015, pages 194-201; pay-walled )

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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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Freddie Gray Case: Judge rules trials stay in Baltimore

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Posted by    Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 11:28am 9/10/2015 at 11:28am

Just minutes ago Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams denied the defense motion brought on behalf of the six police officers charged int the death of Freddie Gray to have their trials held outside the city of Baltimore, reports CBS Baltimore and other news sources.

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Freddie Gray case: Get ready for six separate trials

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Posted by    Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 8:30am 9/3/2015 at 8:30am

Yesterday Judge Barry Williams made several important rulings on the Freddie Gray case, in which six Baltimore police officers have been charged with various felonies in the death of the arrested drug suspect, reports the Baltimore Sun.

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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

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.

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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

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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Concealed Carry: It’s Booming!

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 1:00pm 7/15/2015 at 1:00pm

Dr. John R. Lott Jr., who runs the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), today released yet another of the Center’s outstanding reports, entitled: “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the US”. (The full report is embedded at the bottom of this post.)

The report’s biggest takeaway was the continued acceleration of concealed carry...

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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

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.

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Freddie Gray Case: Autopsy report further undermines prosecution

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 9:35pm 6/24/2015 at 9:35pm

The Baltimore Sun newspaper has obtained a copy of the autopsy of Freddie Gray, they report, at a time when Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby is still refusing to provide that report and other purported evidence to the defense lawyers of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.  The...

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Non-resident U.S. citizen granted trial challenging ATF gun ownership restrictions

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 8:30am 6/24/2015 at 8:30am

We last saw Attorney Alan Gura just last week, when we covered his oral arguments in front of the 9th Circuit en banc on the matter of “good cause” concealed carry requirements in California (see Full 9th Circuit hears “Good Cause” 2A Ruling and Analysis: Government’s laughable arguments in 9th Circuit...

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Freddie Gray Case: Trial Date Set For Officers

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00am 6/23/2015 at 10:00am

A trial date of October 13 has been set for the six officers charged with a plethora of felonies following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody this past April, reports the Baltimore Sun.  The same report notes that each of the officers has pleaded not guilty, and requested a...

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Analysis: Government’s laughable arguments in 9th Circuit 2nd Amendment case

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Posted by    Friday, June 19, 2015 at 8:30am 6/19/2015 at 8:30am

This past Tuesday, the 9th Circuit held oral arguments en banc on two consolidated Second Amendment cases, Peruta v. County of San Diego and Richards v. County of Yolo.

For a bit of background on this matter, please refer to yesterday’s post, “Full 9th Circuit hears ‘Good Cause’ 2A Ruling,” in which we...

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