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That Odd Duck, Ohio: Self-Defense as an Affirmative Defense (Kind Of)

Hey folks, Of the 50 states in the US, 49 of them require the State to disprove a defendant’s claim of self-defense, beyond a reasonable doubt. Ohio, on the other hand, requires that the defendant prove self-defense by a preponderance of the evidence. Why is Ohio such an odd duck in its allocation of the burden of proof for self-defense? To understand this curiosity it is necessary to cover a little history and to really …

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