Weekly Law Report 2016-12-27T13:41:40+00:00

FREE! Weekly Law Reports

Each week Law of Self Defense staff review self-defense court decisions from around the country. Those we find most interesting are summarized in each week’s “Law of Self Defense: Weekly Law Report” and made available to you here, at absolutely no cost.

Within each report the cases are conveniently organized by state, in alphabetical order, first listed in summary fashion in the Table of Contents and then by individual case, with key issues of each case summarized in bulleted lists.

NOTE: We take great pride in translating self-defense legalese into plain English, so as to make the law actionable for the average citizen, and enable them to make better informed, more confident self-defense decisions.

We do not do this translation for these Weekly Law Reports.  The amount of effort required to do so on a weekly basis would prohibit us from offering these reports for free.  Therefore we consider these reports a “graduate-level” product, for people who already have a solid understanding of the legal principles of self-defense law. To get up to speed we encourage you to start with our best-selling book, “The Law of Self-Defense, 2nd Edition,” (also available from Amazon in print and Kindle, the NRA StoreGun Digest, and elsewhere) which covers all 50 states at a high level.  You may also consider one of our state-specific live Law of Self Defense Seminars held all over the country or state-specific online training classes.  And, of course, there’s always the Law of Self Defense Blog.

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Weekly Law Report: 2015 #29 (July 6-July 10, 2015)

Three cases from: FL, IN, and TX.

Weekly Law Report: 2015 #28 (June 29-July 3, 2015)

Three cases from: OH, IL, and IN.

Weekly Law Report: 2015 #27 (June 22-26, 2015)

Seven cases from: CA, MN, OH, PA, and WA.

Weekly Law Report: 2015 #26 (June 15-19, 2015)

Seven cases from: CA, ID, IL, PA, TX, and UT.

Weekly Law Report: 2015 #25 (June 8-12, 2015)

Seven cases from: CA, IN, MA, MI, OH, and PA.

Weekly Law Report: 2015 #24 (June 1-5, 2015)

Seven cases from: GA, MI, MO, OH, and TX

Weekly Law Report: 2015 #23 (May 25-29, 2015)

Four cases from:  CA, TN, and UT

Weekly Law Report: 2015 #22 (May 18-22, 2015)

Ten cases from: CA, FL, GA, IN, MA, MI, MN, MS and TX.

Weekly Law Report: 2015 #21 (May 11-15, 2015)

Ten cases:  CA, FL, IN, OH, PA and TX.

Weekly Law Report: 2015 #20 (May 4-8, 2015)

Five cases from: NC, TX and VA

Weekly Law Report: 2015 #19 (April 27-May 1, 2015)

Five cases from:  CA, IL, TX, and WA

 

Q: What is the “Law of Self Defense: Weekly Law Report”?

A: Each week Law of Self Defense staff review self-defense court decisions from around the country. Those we find most interesting are summarized in each week’s “Law of Self Defense: Weekly Law Report.” The cases are organized by state, in alphabetical order, first listed in summary fashion in the Table of Contents and then by individual case.

Q: The Law of Self Defense is well-known for translating the “legalese” of self-defense law into “plain English” easily understood by non-lawyers, as you do in your books, seminars, online training, and blog posts. Is the same effort made to translate the cases in these Weekly Law Reports into “plain English”?

A: I’m afraid not. Translating “legalese” into “plain English” takes a lot of effort, and simply isn’t tenable for weekly reports of this type. Therefore we consider these reports a “graduate-level” product, for people who already have a solid understanding of the legal principles of self-defense law. To get up to speed we encourage you to start with our best-selling book, “The Law of Self-Defense, 2nd Edition,” (also available from Amazon in print and Kindle, the NRA Store, and Gun Digest) which covers all 50 states at a high level. You may also consider one of our state-specific live Law of Self Defense Seminars held all over the country or state-specific online training classes. And, of course, there’s always the Law of Self Defense Blog.

Q: Do you recount each of the cases in their entirety?

A: No. Many cases that involve issues of self-defense also involve other issues unrelated to self-defense; we only summarize the portions of the cases that directly involve issues of self-defense law. What we do include are the case citation, a list of the key self-defense law issues covered in that case, the date of the decision, and the text of the decision that discusses the specific self-defense laws of interest.

The goal is to provide the reader with an efficient way of deciding if they want to read the entire case.

Q: What if I want to read the entire case?

A: Every case summarized in a Weekly Law Report is hyperlinked back to the full-length version of that case. We do, in fact, strongly encourage you to read the entire text of any cases of particular interest to you, as that is the best way to understand the fullest context of the court’s decisions.