Attorney Andrew Branca

News Update: Ohio House Votes to Join Modern Era of Self-Defense Law

This past Wednesday the Ohio House voted by a 65 to 32 margin to pass HB 228, which seeks to bring Ohio self-defense law into the modern era. It is believed by advocates of this legal advance that the Senate version of the bill, SB 228, will pass that chamber easily, and with sufficient votes to overcome a promised veto by Ohio Governor John Kasich. Although the bill makes several changes to Ohio self-defense and …

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SHOW: Law of Self Defense Show, 11/14/18

This week’s show discusses highly-defensible property, the attack on Tucker Carlson’s home, how martial arts can get you 25 years in prison, OH potentially passing SYG and adopting normal burden of proof on self-defense, and more. To view the free recording just point your browser to lawofselfdefense.com/show

COTW: How Martial Arts Can Get You 25 Years in Prison

This “Case of the Week” involves a conviction and sentencing out of Texas this past week, in which Terry Thompson was sentenced to 25 years in prison as a result of his use of a BJJ-style choke hold that caused the death John Hernandez in May 2017, as reported this week by KTRK (ABC) Television News. I also previously covered this case over at Legal Insurrection here: “Law of Self Defense: Murder re-trial for man …

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Analysis of attack on Tucker Carlson home, FREE WEBINAR on defense of home!

Hey folks, Attorney Andrew Branca here from Law of Self Defense. Following the attack on the home of Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson we’ve received a lot of requests for legal analysis of that situation. You can no find that as a guest blog post we did at Ace of Spades HQ by pointing your browser to: http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/ace Also, tomorrow night, Monday, November 12, at 6PM Eastern time I’m doing a FREE webinar on defense …

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SHOW: Self-Defense ‘Insurance,’ Caravan Rocks v. Military Guns, & Highly Defensible Property

In today’s show we covered our NEW COURSE: “Self-Defense ‘Insurance’ Explained” We also covered legal issues of Rocks v. Rifles with respect to the coming caravan invasion. And we talked about our FREE WEBINAR Monday evening: “Use of Force Around Highly-Defensible Property,” being done along with our partner, ConcealedCarry.com –Andrew

COTW: Burdens of Proof: General Rules & Exceptions

Today’s blog post has been triggered by a decision handed down just a few days ago, October 24, by the Court of Appeal of Louisiana, 4th Circuit, State v. Bibbins, which involved (in part) a discussion of the burden of proof on the issue of self-defense.  A technical but vitally important facet of a legal defense of self-defense that’s often misunderstood is which party—the defendant or the state—is required to prove self-defense, or the lack …

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News Update: Using Your Gun to Defend Your Car: Just Don’t

This story comes out of Chattanooga TN last week, and involves a man who fired shots at his receding automobile as it was being driven away by a car thief. That man has now been hit with felony charges, and ironically enough found himself locked up in the same jail as the car thief.  This as reported by local NBC news station WRCBtv. 

News Update: Armed Father Stops Shooter in McDonalds: Thoughts

A member of the Law of Self Defense community, Dale H., was kind enough to link me to an article about an armed father who stopped an active shooter in an Alabama McDonalds this past Saturday, as reported here.  The event brought a few issues to mind, some legal, some not. The facts as reported are rather minimal, but the essence of the story appears to be that the armed father was exiting the McDonalds …

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News Update: Committing Aggravated Assault … With a BB Gun

I came across this juvenile case out of Pennsylvania in a decision handed down earlier this week, and thought it had a couple of points of modest interest, if not great legal import. That case is: In the Interest of: J.A.D.-B, A Minor, and as always I do encourage you to read the whole thing. Because this a case out of juvenile court and then appealed to the PA Superior Court, the criminal procedure involved …

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News Post: Idaho Shooting Touches Upon Imminence & Proportionality

News Post: Idaho Shooting Touches Upon Imminence & Proportionality A recent fatal shooting in Idaho in a purported act of self-defense raises interesting issues on the elements of imminence and proportionality of a self-defense claim, as well as the usual misuse of the term “Stand-Your-Ground” by both the shooter and the media, so I thought I’d use it as a brief teaching moment.  All facts recited are as reported by the Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls Express.

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