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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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

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In addition to the two reporters and the photographer identified in the mid-day wrap-up–Gina Damron (@ginadamron) and Elisha Anderson (@elishaanderson), and the photographer Mandi Wright (@DetroitMandi), =all with the Detroit Free Press– we also make extensive use here [...]

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

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I had been told by that 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 [...]

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    Jury Selection Begins in Detroit Front Porch Shooting of Black Woman

Jury Selection Begins in Detroit Front Porch Shooting of Black Woman

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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 [...]

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

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

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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 [...]

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    No Second Self-Defense Immunity Hearing for Marissa Alexander

No Second Self-Defense Immunity Hearing for Marissa Alexander

Marissa Alexander has been denied a second shot at a self-defense immunity hearing (often incorrectly referred to as a “Stand-Your-Ground’ hearing), reports by First Coast News.

Under Florida’s self-defense immunity statute (FL 776.032 Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for [...]