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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

https://www.ctpost.com/policereports/article/Victim-of-Norwalk-assault-gets-18-months-for-not-13044078.php
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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 5:00pm 7/4/2018 at 5:00pm
https://www.ctpost.com/policereports/article/Victim-of-Norwalk-assault-gets-18-months-for-not-13044078.php

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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This Tampa Church is a real *safe space*

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30am 11/18/2017 at 7:30am

Safe spaces are all the rage on campuses. The safety promised is not physical safety, but emotional safety from ideas that do not fit the progressive and social justice warrior narrative.

At Vassar College, my planned lecture on “hate speech” and free speech was so *scary* to the intolerant far-left that they...

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No Third Trial for Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing in Sam DuBose Shooting

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 4:00pm 7/18/2017 at 4:00pm

Two years ago tomorrow University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing, who is white, shot and killed black motorist Sam DuBose during a traffic stop.

The stop, DuBose’ attempt to drive away while dragging Officer Tensing down the road, and the fatal shot were largely captured on Tensing’s body-cam.  Today, after trying...

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Florida Judge Rules Recent Changes to Self-Defense Immunity Law Are Unconstitutional

https://www.local10.com/lifestyle/legal-news/floridas-stand-your-ground-law-unconstitutional-miami-judge-rules
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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 2:30pm 7/5/2017 at 2:30pm
https://www.local10.com/lifestyle/legal-news/floridas-stand-your-ground-law-unconstitutional-miami-judge-rules

“Stand-Your-Ground” was back in the headlines against over the just-concluded Independence Day weekend, thanks to a 14-page decision by Miami-Dade Circuit judge Milton Hirsch that recent legislative changes to Florida’s self-defense immunity law were unconstitutional, reports the Bradenton Herald newspaper and other sources. (That decision is embedded below.)

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Florida Changes Burden of Proof of Self-Defense Immunity

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8:00pm 6/10/2017 at 8:00pm

Yesterday, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into a law a modification to the state’s self-defense immunity statute, according to Reuters and other news sources.

The self-defense immunity, generally mis-identified by media as a “stand your ground” law, provides for criminal and civil immunity for a use of force that is determined to...

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A Good Deal On Self-Defense Knowledge

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8:40pm 4/14/2017 at 8:40pm

Some of you may be aware that the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) has licensed my book, “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition.”  They’ve added their own cover, and a foreword by their CEO, Tim Schmidt, but otherwise it’s the same book.  I’m also a member of USCCA’s Legal...

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Order Denying Immunity in Popcorn Shooting Riddled with Legal Errors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kliM2g2VfoM
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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:00pm 3/10/2017 at 7:00pm
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Curtis Reeves has been denied legal immunity from prosecution and civil suit over his fatal shooting of Chad Oulson, in an order issued today by Judge Susan Barthle (that order is embedded at the bottom of this post).

Reading Judge Barthle’s order, however, suggests that her legal analysis may be sufficiently defective...

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“Popcorn Shooting” Defendant Has Self-Defense Immunity Hearing

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 4:00pm 2/21/2017 at 4:00pm
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It was three years ago last month that retired police officer Curtis Reeves, then 71 years old, shot and killed 43-year-old Chad Oulsen in a Florida movie theater. The case became known as the “popcorn shooting” because the shooting allegedly happened over spilled popcorn.

Reeves has been charged with second degree murder and aggravated battery....

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Faux Science: Claim that homicides surged under Florida’s “Stand-Your-Ground” law

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 7:30pm 11/27/2016 at 7:30pm

The scientific journal JAMA Internal Medicine has published a paper utterly devoid of scientific or public policy merit, fraught with abject error and ignorance, and utterly lacking any arguable purpose other than to deceive gullible readers about the nature and merits of Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law.

The JAMA study follows another supposedly scientific...

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Prof. Glenn Reynolds (@instapundit) in the clear – No action by U Tennessee over “run them down” tweet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ldrQKYuSWA
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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 2:25pm 9/27/2016 at 2:25pm
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The University of Tennessee  at Knoxville apparently doesn’t want to take on the leader of the Army of Davids.

We reported the other day that UTK was “investigating” Prof. Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit over the tweet suggesting that drivers surrounded by the violent racist mobs of rioters on Charlotee highways “run...

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Analysis: Is it lawful self-defense to “run down” rioters surrounding your vehicle?

https://twitter.com/JoeBrunoWSOC9/status/778479640541290496
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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 2:00pm 9/22/2016 at 2:00pm
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The details on the Charlotte riots and attacks on motorists trapped on the highway and others are in our earlier post.

Instapundit (law professor Glenn Reynolds) was suspended from Twitter (then later reinstated) after posting the following tweet as those riots and highway blockades were ongoing:

Professor Jacobson has asked me to address...

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Twitter suspends Instapundit for suggesting people not become victims of racist thug rioters (Update)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 9:16am 9/22/2016 at 9:16am
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The rioting in Charlotte turned even uglier overnight, after the apparently false claim that a black man was shot dead by police for pointing a book.

All evidence so far shows that the “victim” was a career criminal who had a gun and turned towards police.

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