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Detroit Front Porch Shooting Case: Day 4 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7:00pm 7/29/2014 at 7:00pm

Well, things finally got engaging in the second degree murder trial of Theodor Wafer, charged with unlawfully killing 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his Detroit front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.

Of key importance was the playing in court–but outside the hearing of the jury–of audio recovered from...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 4 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 1:20pm 7/29/2014 at 1:20pm

We;re back with day 4 of the second degree murder trial of Theodore Wafer for the shooting death of Renisha McBride on Wafer’s Detroit front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.

The day started, as has become customary, with Wafer’s defense counsel Cheryl Carpenter asking Judge Dana Hathaway...

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(UPDATE: Stay Granted) D.C. Seeks Stay of Federal Court Order Allowing Handgun Carry

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:30am 7/29/2014 at 8:30am

Not that it comes as any surprise, but Washington DC has filed an appeal for a stay of the Palmer v. DC ruling this weekend that ordered stopped DC’s laws banning the public carry of handguns.

This District’s motion asks for a stay pending appeal of the DC Court’s ruling, are in...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 3 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:10pm 7/28/2014 at 6:10pm

Today continues with the third day of the murder trial of Theodore Wafer in the Detroit front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride.  We covered this morning’s testimony here:

Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 3 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

Witnesses this afternoon included:

  • Cyndi Maxwell, Dearborn Police Corporal,...
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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 3 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by    Monday, July 28, 2014 at 1:50pm 7/28/2014 at 1:50pm

Today continues with the third day of the murder trial of Theodore Wafer in the Detroit front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride.  We covered days two and one here (presented in reverse chronological order):

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Accused NJ Cop Takes the Stand in MD Road-rage Killing

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Posted by    Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 8:00pm 7/27/2014 at 8:00pm

Joseph Walker, the New Jersey police officer who shot and killed Joseph Harvey Jr. in a Maryland road-rage incident, took the stand this past Friday to testify in his own defense over a 90 minute period, reports The Baltimore Sun.  Walker is charged with first degree murder in the case, and if...

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VIDEO: Police Chief Provides More Detail on Case of CA Woman Shot in Back

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Posted by    Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 7:30am 7/27/2014 at 7:30am

I just came across some brief TV news coverage with additional details on the case of 80-year-old CA native Tom Greer pursuing and shooting in the back 28-year-old Andrea Miller. We covered the case the other day, Pro-Tip: Shooting Fleeing Women in the Back is NOT Self-Defense.

Miller and 26-year-old Gus Adams...

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Federal District Court Strikes Down Washington, DC Handgun Carry Ban

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Posted by    Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 6:40pm 7/26/2014 at 6:40pm

Well, well, well–I guess the big guy upstairs knew I could do with a pick-me-up while I struggle through this respiratory infection.  And boy, did he deliver big (with a h/t to Ace of Spades HQ).

In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which...

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George Zimmerman Appeals Dismissal of Defamation Suit Against NBC

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Posted by    Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:15am 7/26/2014 at 11:15am

[Clarification (7/26/14): I’ve just been informed by a knowledgeable person on the Zimmerman side of this case that what was submitted to the 5th DCA this past Friday is the official notice of appeal.  The actual appeal has not yet been submitted.]

As anticipated by, well, everybody, George Zimmerman’s civil lawyer, James Beasley Jr.,...

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Pro-Tip: Shooting Fleeing Women in the Back is NOT Self-Defense

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Posted by    Friday, July 25, 2014 at 3:20pm 7/25/2014 at 3:20pm

One of the conditions of using deadly force in self-defense is that one be facing an imminent threat of death or grave bodily harm. That definition of imminence is well captured by Black’s Law Dictionary:

Immediate danger, such as must be instantly met, such as cannot be guarded against by calling for the...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 2 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 5:17pm 7/24/2014 at 5:17pm

This afternoon saw testimony from two additional Dearborn Heights law enforcement officers,  Tim Zawacki and Mark Parrinello.

Highlights of this afternoon’s events included a request by the Prosecution for sanctions against the defense for a mention earlier this morning of general crime in the Wafer neighborhood.  A pretrial ruling excludes such generalized...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 2 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 12:48pm 7/24/2014 at 12:48pm

The State’s case against Wafer proceeded through several more witnesses today, including additional officers on scene as well as dash-cam video from a “Scout” patrol car, witnesses to McBride’s single-vehicle car crash some hours before the shooting, and the 911 dispatcher who took Wafer’s call.

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 1 End-of-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 7:05pm 7/23/2014 at 7:05pm

This afternoon I was helpfully directed to a live video stream of the Wafer trial, suggesting the streaming of the trial is not explicitly prohibited, as I had been led to believe Unfortunately the feed was of such low quality it was effectively useless. It seems even the provider recognized this,...

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Detroit Front Porch Shooting case: Day 1 Mid-Day Wrap-Up

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 12:45pm 7/23/2014 at 12:45pm

By order of trial judge Dana Hathaway there is no live streaming of the second degree murder trial of Theodore Wafer, the Detroit man who shot and killed Renisha McBride, a young black woman who was on his front porch in the early morning hours of November 15, 2013.

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Attorney for Road Rage Cop Argues Defense of Self, Family in Opening Statement

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00pm 7/22/2014 at 6:00pm

Today marked the start of the case in chief of Joseph Walker, the New Jersey police officer charged with first degree murder by the state of Maryland in the road-side shooting of Maryland native Joseph Harvey.

There is no television coverage of the trial itself, and the lawyers have been issued...

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Jury Selection Begins Detroit Front Porch Shooting of Black Woman

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:45pm 7/21/2014 at 6:45pm

Jury selection begins today in the murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer, as reported in the Detroit Free Press. Wafer shot and killed Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old black woman, on his front porch. Wafer is claiming self-defense.

The most recent news in the Wafer case was the June 27 denial by...

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Trial Begins of Joseph Walker, NJ Cop Involved in “Road Rage” Killing

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Posted by    Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:05pm 7/21/2014 at 2:05pm

Today begins the trial of black New Jersey police officer Joseph Walker over the “road rage” killing of white victim Joseph Harvey (Jury selection begins in road-rage murder case).

Unfortunately, it does not appear that this case will be televised, as were the Zimmerman and Dunn trials in Florida, and as a result there...

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