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    Dave Spaulding Reviews Law of Self Defense, 2nd Ed.: “best book on the subject”

Dave Spaulding Reviews Law of Self Defense, 2nd Ed.: “best book on the subject”

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A person with my outsized ego doesn’t often find himself blushing at praise, but today is one of those rare occasions.

Anyone who has spent even a modest amount of time in the tactical shooting community will have heard [...]

GUILTY: Verdict in Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial

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The jury has returned a verdict of guilty of second degree murder/voluntary manslaughter and weapons charges in the trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer for the front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride in the early morning hours [...]

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    Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial: Closing Arguments, Jury Deliberations

Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial: Closing Arguments, Jury Deliberations

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Today saw the closing arguments of the murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer in the front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.

Immediately following closing the jury was given [...]

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    Defense Rests in Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial, Closings Wednesday

Defense Rests in Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial, Closings Wednesday

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Welcome back to the eighth day of the murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer for the shooting death of Renisha McBride on his front porch in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013.
Theodore Wafer Back [...]

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    Homeowner Takes the Stand in Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial

Homeowner Takes the Stand in Detroit Front Porch Murder Trial

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Court room testimony took a dramatic turn today in the murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer for the front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride when Wafer took the stand to testify in his own behalf.

Direct questioning [...]

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    Detroit Front Porch Shooting Case: What you need to know heading into Week 3

Detroit Front Porch Shooting Case: What you need to know heading into Week 3

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Tomorrow marks the start of the third week of the second degree murder trial of Detroit homeowner Theodore Wafer for the front porch shooting death of Renisha McBride in the early morning hours of November 2, 2013. This [...]

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    George Zimmerman Appeals Dismissal of Defamation Suit Against NBC

George Zimmerman Appeals Dismissal of Defamation Suit Against NBC

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As anticipated by, well, everybody, George Zimmerman’s civil lawyer, James Beasley Jr., has filed an appeal with Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeals (5th DCA) of the dismissal by June Debra Nelson of Zimmerman’s defamation suit against NBC [...]

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    Introducing “Morning Insurrection,” from the good folks who bring you Legal Insurrection

Introducing “Morning Insurrection,” from the good folks who bring you Legal Insurrection

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Professor Jacobson over at the well-respected legal blog Legal Insurrection–where I guest post a great deal–has announced a new initiative: “Morning Insurrection.” I’ll let him describe it in his own words:
Starting Monday, July 28, we will initiate [...]

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

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

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]