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Law of Self Defense: Prosecutors Again Test Colorado’s “Make My Day” Law

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00pm 9/13/2018 at 7:00pm

A prosecutor in Colorado Springs is going to once again test the legal boundaries of Colorado’s “make-my-day” statute, which came into law in 1986.

The “Make My Day” law, properly §18-1-704.5. Use of deadly physical force against an intruder, has several substantive sections:  one relaxes the proportionality requirement when dealing with a...

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Law of Self Defense: Life Sentence Affirmed for “Warning Shot” That Hurt No One

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 5:00pm 9/5/2018 at 5:00pm

This case of the week, Williams v. State, is out of the Georgia Supreme Court, in a decision handed down just last week, and involves a man whose claimed “warning shot” earned him life in prison, even though the bullet he fired wasn’t proven to have harmed anyone.

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Law of Self Defense: “Don’t Mess With the Uber Driver”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 10:00am 9/1/2018 at 10:00am

Around 2:30 AM last Tuesday, a man attacked an Uber driver, saying he had a pistol while raising his cell phone in his right hand. He abruptly discovered that the Uber driver was willing and able to defend himself from a deadly force attack with a lawfully carried handgun.

Now the Uber...

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Law of Self Defense: When the prosecutor doesn’t know the law

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 3:00pm 8/22/2018 at 3:00pm

This week’s case is not so much a case as it is a cautionary tale about the risks of relying upon the purported use-of-force law expertise of others based solely on their job title, and dangers of not you yourself being educated on that law.

I warn students in every class that...

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Law of Self Defense: The Lies of the Zimmerman Probable Cause Affidavit

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 17, 2018 at 9:00pm 8/17/2018 at 9:00pm

This week’s Case of the Week is inspired by the so-called “documentary,” Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, produced by Jay Z and Trayvon Martin’s parents.

The first two episodes focus enormous attention on the fact that George Zimmerman was not arrested until April 11, 2012, 44 days after he shot...

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Manslaughter Charges Filed in Florida Handicap Parking Spot Shooting

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 13, 2018 at 3:07pm 8/13/2018 at 3:07pm
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Michael Drejka, the 47-year old shooter of 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton over a July 19 dispute about a handicap parking spot, has been arrested and charged with manslaughter, reports the Tampa Bay Times and other news sources.  He is being held on $100,000 bail in Pinellas County Jail.

[AFB: Update, just reading the...

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Law of Self Defense: Flashback to Three Lies Created From Zimmerman 911 Audio

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 10, 2018 at 7:00pm 8/10/2018 at 7:00pm

With the “documentary” Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story by Jay Z in the news, I though it worthwhile to make this Case of the Week about the lies created by doctoring the audio file of the call George Zimmerman made to the police moments before he was viciously attacked...

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Body-cam video of Thurman Blevins shooting appears to vindicate Minneapolis police

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 30, 2018 at 11:00am 7/30/2018 at 11:00am

The Minneapolis police released videos of the shooting of Thurman Blevins, 31, after people insisted the man didn’t have a gun in his hands.

The video shows the police chasing Blevins with what looks like a gun in his hand.

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CNN Mangles “Stand-Your-Ground” Law Yet Again

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 6:00pm 7/29/2018 at 6:00pm
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When I tell you that you must assume that everything the news media has to say about self-defense law and events is 100% wrong until proven otherwise, this is why: CNN: “What you need to know about ‘stand your ground’ laws”.

The errors on “Stand-Your-Ground” in particular and self-defense law in general, whether...

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Law of Self Defense: VIDEO: Shove-Shoot Case Sheriff’s Statement

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 8:00pm 7/21/2018 at 8:00pm

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri issued a statement about the shove-shoot case. He gets a lot right in this statement, but he also gets a lot wrong. In the interests of time (and because I have a full-day Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class to teach today in Sacramento CA),...

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Law of Self Defense VIDEO: Just because it’s lawful to present the gun doesn’t mean it’s lawful to press the trigger

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 20, 2018 at 9:00pm 7/20/2018 at 9:00pm
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There’s been a shooting in Florida (naturally?) that resulted over an argument about a non-handicapped person parking in a handicapped parking spot, and it was captured on a rather poor quality surveillance camera recording, according to news reports.

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Law of Self Defense: A Self-Defense Cascade of Failure

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 7:00pm 7/18/2018 at 7:00pm

I’m often asked to describe the most common way people screw up their self-defense claim. The truth is there isn’t a single most common way. Too many people manage to find an apparently infinite number of ways to step outside the bounds of the law. Often, there were a bunch of...

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Law of Self Defense: Milwaukee Restaurant Attack

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 9:00am 7/11/2018 at 9:00am

This case of the week involves an armed employee stopping a vicious bare-handed attack in the kitchen of a Milwaukee restaurant:
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Law of Self Defense: Self-Defense Claim Lost When Defender Becomes Aggressor

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 5:00pm 7/4/2018 at 5:00pm
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This week’s case is a recent criminal trial sentencing out of Connecticut that purportedly involves principles of “Stand-Your-Ground,” but that in reality, of course, has nothing to do with “Stand-Your-Ground” at all.

Three-on-one Attack Ends With Defender Convicted

The defendant in this case was Jeffrey Sumpter, 21 years old, who was working his...

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Law of Self Defense: Murder re-trial for man who confronted public urination

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:05pm 6/27/2018 at 9:05pm
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Law of Self Defense Case of the Week is a new weekly series by Andrew Branca

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This case of the week involves the recent murder trial of a Texas man, Terry Thompson, who got into a barehanded fight with a drunk, John Hernandez, in a Denny’s parking lot. Thompson choked Hernandez to...

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Supreme Court reverses 9th Circuit, rules for officer in police excessive use of force case

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 2, 2018 at 3:00pm 4/2/2018 at 3:00pm

The Supreme Court just handed down a police use-of-force decision, Kisela v. Hughes (

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U. Cincinnati Officer Who Shot Sam DuBose Wins $350k Settlement From University

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 9:00pm 3/22/2018 at 9:00pm

Today the University of Cincinnati announced that it would settle a grievance brought by former UC police officer Ray Tensing by paying him almost $250,000 in back pay and $100,000 in legal fees he incurred, reports NBC and other sources.

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