Attorney Andrew Branca

Show: Antwon Rose: The Classic Fleeing Felon

This weeks’ Law of Self Defense Show focuses on the newest outrage propagandized into being by the racial grievance industrial complex, this time over the acquittal this past Friday of East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld for the shooting death of Antwon Rose. Naturally, Officer Rosfeld is white and Rose is black, or this shooting would never have made national headlines. The fundamental justification for Officer Rosfeld’s shooting of Rose is that of the legal …

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POTD: Awful but Lawful? Cop Mistaken for Burglar, Killed

This Post of the Day sadly covers what appears to be the mistaken killing earlier this month of a Texas police officer by a homeowner, after the homeowner mistook the officer for a burglar. As is often true early on in such cases, the facts surrounding this shooting death are still unclear. How those facts fall out can mean the difference between this being a terrible, but perfectly lawful, shooting that carries no criminal liability …

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POTD: A Look at Alabama’s Proposed “Church Protection Act”

The Alabama House Judiciary Committee voted this week to advance HB 49, also known as the “Alabama Church Protection Act,” embedded below or attached to this Post of the Day. As usual, this bill that has nothing whatever to do with Stand Your Ground is being characterized as a “stand your ground” bill: “House Committee advances bill to expand stand your ground law.” !–more–> Naturally, the usual anti-civil rights organizations such as Moms Demand and …

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POTD: Indiana Senate Advances Civil Self-Defense Immunity Bill

In today’s Post of the Day I’m pleased to report that the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance the proposed civil self-defense immunity bill HB1284 to the full Senate. That vote was 7-3, with every “yes” vote that of a Republican and every “no” vote that of a Democrat. Naturally, opposing self-defense immunity are such anti-civil rights groups as “Moms Demand Action,” an organization that seeks to disarm women physically and make it …

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Calling the Shots (3-20-19)

Hey folks, Thanks for joining us for the re-broadcast of today’s episode of “Calling the Shots,” kindly hosted live earlier today by Alien Gear Holsters, and their guy Nate. In this episode we handled self-defense law questions in a “dueling questions” format, allowing the audience to choose which of a pair of questions they wanted answered, through a series of six rounds of paired question. Questions for future shows can be submitted using the form …

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COTW: Second Bite from the Apple Under Ohio’s New Self-Defense Law?

This week’s Case of the Week is an unanimous decision out of the Ohio Court of Appeals, State v. Krug, released just this past Monday, March 18. It deals with a defendant, Krug, who was convicted of several stabbings in 2007 and sentenced to 37 years in prison after his claim of self-defense was found unpersuasive by the jury. With plenty of free time on his hands, Krug has already appealed his conviction three times, …

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Law of Self Defense Show (3-17-19)

This week’s “Law of Self Defense Show,” with the topic “Prioritizing Your Self-Defense Resources” is now available for viewing at lawofselfdefense.com/blog! The “Law of Self Defense Show” is FREE to LOSD Members, and Bronze-level membership is FREE, so I urge you to learn about membership at lawofselfdefense.com/join. Also, we have only three seats left for our Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Live Online Class on Saturday, April 6. We only have this one scheduled …

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POTD: Utah Seeks to Become a “Hard” Stand-Your-Ground State

Today’s Post of the Day observes that Utah is once again making an effort to progress from being a mere “soft” Stand-Your-Ground state to a “hard” Stand-Your-Ground state. Recent progress on this effort is marked by the Utah state senate voting by a wide margin of 18 to 8 to advance the “hard” SYG bill, HB 114 (embedded below), to the state house. (I note in passing that every vote for the “hard” SYG bill …

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POTD: Officer Fires 15 Rounds Through Windshield: Good Shoot?

A week ago today the Little Rock Police Department released a statement regarding a February 22 use-of-force incident in which one of its officers fired 15 rounds through the windshield of a stolen car, killing the alleged thief. What’s notable about this event is how thoroughly the department aggregated various video footage of the shooting and the events leading up to the shooting, and their willingness to release that video footage to the public. The …

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COTW: Man Shoots Home Intruder, Charged with Murder, Accepts Manslaughter

This Case of the Week is on an interesting defense of dwelling situation out of Louisiana that illustrates both that the legal risks for use of force are never zero, no matter how favorable the law appears to be to the defender, and also why a defender with the law on their side might nevertheless agree to plea to a felony conviction with a multi-year sentence. Facts of the Case: Simple View The basic facts …

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