Posts by Andrew Branca  (Page 19)
 

George Zimmerman not expected to face civil rights charges

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Posted by    Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 11:15am 10/2/2014 at 11:15am

The Washington Post reported yesterday that “The Justice Department is not expected to bring civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin.”

The reasons why appear in the 10th paragraph of the story:

Mark O’Mara, the lawyer who represented Zimmerman, said that approximately 40 witness statements collected...

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Was Ferguson Grand Jury Confidentiality Compromised?

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Posted by    Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:30am 10/2/2014 at 8:30am

The Grand Jury investigating the recent shooting in Ferguson MO of Mike Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson may have been irreparably compromised, reports the Washington Post.

The proceedings of Grand Juries are, of course, confidential, and jurors are prohibited from discussing them with others.  This prohibition is made explicitly clear to...

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“Loud music” Murder Defendant Guilty of 1st Degree Murder

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Posted by    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 3:55pm 10/1/2014 at 3:55pm

Michael Dunn has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of black 17-year-old Jordan Davis on November 23, 2012.

This “loud music” murder case arose from the violent interaction between Michael Dunn and Jordan Davis and three of his teenaged friends while parked beside each other at a Florida gas...

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The Memo that let Shaneen Allen — and Chris Christie’s political future — off the hook

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Posted by    Monday, September 29, 2014 at 5:35pm 9/29/2014 at 5:35pm

Miguel from the excellent GunFreeZone blog brings the goods again with his post “New Jersey slaps some lipstick to their gun laws pig.”

In that post, Miguel shares a memorandum from acting New Jersey Attorney General John J. H...

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“Loud Music” Murder Trial, Take 2: Opening Statements

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Posted by    Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 8:00pm 9/25/2014 at 8:00pm

The re-trial of Michael Dunn began today “for real”, with the jury impanelled and the state and defense presenting their opening statements.  

Dunn is on trial for the killing of Jordan Davis, a black teenager Dunn fired upon during a confrontation with Davis and three of Davis’ friends, who were...

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New video released in “Dash-cam Shooting”

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Posted by    Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 1:45pm 9/25/2014 at 1:45pm

A South Carolina prosecutor’s office has released dash-camera video of the September 4 shooting by Police Officer Sean Groubert of Levar Edward in a gas station parking lot. It appears that Edward was in good faith simply complying with Groubert’s demands for identification, but in a manner that led Groubert to...

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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 9/25/2014 at 11:30am

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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Video: “Handcuff Shooting” Victim Resisted Arrest

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Posted by    Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 8:30am 9/25/2014 at 8:30am

There’s been some video surveillance footage released of the arrest of Charles Smith, the 29-year-old paroled convict who was arrested by police on 7 outstanding warrants and then shot and killed when he allegedly threatened the officers with a hidden firearm.

The footage comes from within and immediately outside the convenience store...

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PA Nurse Arrested on Gun Charges Given Reprieve

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:45pm 9/24/2014 at 7:45pm

Shaneen Allen has, thankfully, received a reprieve, reports Philly.com.  Allen is the Philadelphia-area nurse who, after being mugged in the course of the odd hours her job demands, sought and obtained a license to carry a concealed firearm.

Philadelphia, of course, is only a bridge-crossing away from New Jersey, a state far...

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Handcuffed man shot dead by GA police had known violent history

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 12:30pm 9/23/2014 at 12:30pm

More information about the criminal milieu of 29-year-old, 6′ 7″ Charles Smith continues to dribble out of Savannah, GA, in addition to what we previously covered here Handcuffed GA Man Killed by Police Had Extensive Criminal Record just three days ago.

A brief report by WOTC news discloses that:

At the time of Smith’s...

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“Loud Music” Case: Jury Selection Begins for Re-Trial on Murder count

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Posted by    Monday, September 22, 2014 at 11:00am 9/22/2014 at 11:00am

Jury selection begins today for the re-trial of Michael Dunn on a murder charge for the shooting death of teenager Jordan Davis, reports Business Insider.

At his prior criminal trial Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of “throwing missiles” (firing a bullets) at a motor...

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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 9/21/2014 at 7:00pm

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 9/21/2014 at 1:15pm

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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Handcuffed GA Man Killed by Police Had Extensive Criminal Record

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Posted by    Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:15am 9/20/2014 at 11:15am

Two days after the shooting of 29-year-old black man Charles Smith, a wanted felon, by Savannah GA police officer David Jannot, new information is finally being revealed about both men, as reported by WSAV News, an NBC television affiliate in Savannah, GA.

Particularly interesting finds by WSAV include Smith’s arrest record and his...

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Law School course: “historical trajectory of Trayvon Martin case”

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Posted by    Friday, September 19, 2014 at 4:30pm 9/19/2014 at 4:30pm

A JD student at the University of Miami School of Law–and a long-time fan of “The Law of Self Defense”–contacted me recently to share a notice he’d received from the school. It seems for the Fall 2014 semester they will be offering a “short course” (good for one credit) with a...

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GA Police Officer Shoots and Kills Handcuffed Black Suspect

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Posted by    Friday, September 19, 2014 at 7:54am 9/19/2014 at 7:54am

Here we go again.  Maybe.

Late yesterday morning David Jannot, an officer with the Savannah-Chatham (Georgia) Metropolitan Police Department, shot and killed Charles Smith, a suspect that had already been handcuffed behind his back and placed inside a police cruiser, reports CNN and other news agencies.

Smith was a 29-year-old black man. Bizarrely,...

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“Popcorn” Shooting Trial Set For March

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 4:35pm 9/17/2014 at 4:35pm

A trial date has finally been set for Curtis Reeves, the Florida retired police officer charged with murder in the shooting death last January of Chad Oulson over a dispute in a movie theater in which Oulson threw popcorn at Reeves.

Trial Judge Pat Siracusa, overseeing the case, set a three week window...

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