Law of Self Defense  (Page 8)

Ambush and execution is not “self-defense”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:20am 4/30/2014 at 10:20am

This will be a short post, and is intended to just briefly answer the question I’m often asked as to why I haven’t blogged about Byron Smith.

I’ve had the question asked hundreds of times, and I’m going to defer now to a group response, and generate a source to which I...

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Wikipedia Edit War over CNN legal analyst failure to pay Zimmerman debate wager

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 12:08pm 4/29/2014 at 12:08pm

Andrew Branca wrote the other day about his bet with CNN Legal Analyst Sunny Hostin, recorded on air at the Berkeley Law School Stand Your Ground debate, CNN analyst welches on bet after Andrew Branca wins “Stand-Your-Ground” Debate.

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Andrew Branca’s “Stand-Your-Ground” Talk at the NRA Annual Meeting

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10:00am 4/27/2014 at 10:00am

The past several days I’ve been attending the National Rifle Associations’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, having been invited to speak at the NRA’s 17th Annual Firearms Law Symposium as part of the larger gathering.

The Annual Meeting is a massive event, with something on the order of 70,000 people attending, hundreds of...

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CNN analyst welches on bet after Andrew Branca wins “Stand-Your-Ground” Debate

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:05am 4/26/2014 at 11:05am

This past Tuesday, April 22, I participated in a debate on Stand-Your-Ground hosted by UC Berkeley Law School.

As you might expect, hilarity ensued.

It turned out there were actually three sides to the debate. The two lawyers on the anti-SYG side of the issue were opposed to the debate proposition that “Florida...

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Want proof they won’t stop with your guns? Here it is

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9496568
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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 11, 2014 at 11:20am 4/11/2014 at 11:20am
http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9496568

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is among the most aggressive groups in seeking to limit, if not eliminate, the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear Arms.

CSGV also attacks so-called Stand Your Ground laws through misleading accounts of what happened in the Trayvon Martin shooting by George Zimmerman.  This CSGV video...

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Coalition to Stop Gun Violence objects to Andrew Branca speaking at Campbell U Law School (Update – UC Berkeley too)

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:00am 4/9/2014 at 11:00am

Andrew Branca was invited by Campbell University Law School to speak on the issue for which he is best known, The Law of Self Defense.

Here’s part of the press release announcing the visit:

Nationally renowned self-defense expert Andrew Branca will speak at Campbell Law School next Tuesday, April 8 at noon in...

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Off-Duty Cop Road Rage Murder Trial – next big self-defense case

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:20pm 2/23/2014 at 5:20pm

Race has been a major element in many of the more prominent self-defense cases we’ve covered in recent months.

Both the George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn cases involved a white man shooting and killing a black teen, with both arguing the shootings were justified self-defense (Zimmerman successfully, Dunn temporarily so).

The Marissa Alexander...

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Breaking – E.J. Dionne unable to grasp Stand Your Ground laws

http://youtu.be/0bjFKvhxzjg
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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:30pm 2/21/2014 at 3:30pm
http://youtu.be/0bjFKvhxzjg

E.J. Dionne, Jr., in his Washington Post piece entitled “Repeal stand-your-ground laws,” presents us with yet another example of the utter inability of too many journalists to grasp the relatively simple and straightforward legal concept commonly referred to as “Stand-Your-Ground.”

Humorously, the first paragraph of his piece had me utterly convinced that Dionne...

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Stand Your Ground law is not a “license to kill”

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:30pm 2/17/2014 at 2:30pm

The failure of the jury in the Michael Dunn case to convict Dunn of First Degree Murder or any of its lesser included offenses in the killing of Jordan Davis has led to a predictable outpouring of claims that that the case reflects societal racism, if not racism in the judicial...

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Reader “Stand Your Ground” Pop Quiz

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:00pm 2/9/2014 at 8:00pm

Andrew is taking a much needed day off, and tomorrow will resume live coverage — with mid-day and end-of-day wrap ups — of the Michael Dunn Trial, which enters week no. 2.

Here is a report from CBS News  (I believe Friday night).  A similar report was on the NBC nightly news...

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“Loud Music” Murder Trial: Who is Judge Russell Healey?

http://www.news4jax.com/New-judge-same-outcome-for-Dunn/-/475982/21006796/-/9xcnabz/-/index.html
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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 11:30am 2/2/2014 at 11:30am
http://www.news4jax.com/New-judge-same-outcome-for-Dunn/-/475982/21006796/-/9xcnabz/-/index.html

Readers of Legal Insurrection will have noted our ongoing coverage of the Florida “loud music” trial, in which the defendant Michael Dunn is charged with 1st degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

The general narrative of events at the scene of the killing is that both men (Davis...

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Appellate Court Orders Emergency Hearing in “Loud Music” Murder Trial

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8:57am 2/1/2014 at 8:57am

The ongoing drama in the Michael Dunn “loud music” murder trial over whether jailhouse phone recordings should be released to the media has taken yet another turn.

Yesterday the 1st District Court of Appeals once again felt compelled to step in–now for the third time–to reverse the Healey’s Wednesday ruling tossing the...

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Gawker analyzes Florida’s “Warning Shot” bill, implosion follows

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:24pm 1/18/2014 at 3:24pm

The Washington Free Beacon did a wonderfully humorous job fisking a post at Gawker regarding Florida’s so-called “Warning Shot” law.  I previously have explained and debunked many of the myths about the law, Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Advances.

The headline of the WFB piece, written by CJ Ciaramella, captures the gist of the matter...

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Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Advances

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:09pm 1/10/2014 at 5:09pm

Florida’s misnamed “Warning Shot” bill, Senate Bill 448, has advanced another step, with a 5-to-0 vote in favor by the State Senate Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by State Senator Greg Evers (R, pictured above).

The bill still requires approval by the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committees before it will be put to...

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To Revoke, or Not To Revoke: Marissa Alexander Bail Hearing Tomorrow

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:02pm 1/9/2014 at 7:02pm

Marissa Alexander will learn on Friday if her current bail and home detention will be allowed to continue, or if it will be revoked, sending her back to jail until her re-trial.

Alexander is currently on bail following her earlier conviction for aggravated assault with a handgun and the resulting mandatory minimum...

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Next Florida self-defense trial: Loud music, teens in a car and a shooting

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 4:54pm 1/8/2014 at 4:54pm

Few among us will soon forget the “eccentric” jurisprudence demonstrated by Judge Debra Nelson during the George Zimmerman trial. I am pleased to discover that, to the good fortune of legal bloggers everywhere, Florida apparently has a surfeit of such judges.

You ask for a similarly “eccentric” Florida judge in another Florida...

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How the Michigan Porch Shooting case may be defended

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 4:59pm 12/29/2013 at 4:59pm

On December 18 a pre-trial hearing was held in the shooting case of Renisha McBride in Detroit.

The purpose of the hearing was to determine whether the second degree murder charge against the defendant, Theodore Wafer, ought to be dismissed or whether there existed sufficient grounds to bind Wafer over for trial.

The...

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