Attorney Andrew Branca

COTW: Use of Deadly Force Against Shoplifter Stealing A Hatchet

On October 3, 2018, Michael Dunn—a City Commissioner for the city of Lakeland FL—shot and killed Cristobal Lopez as Lopez was shoplifting a hatchet from Dunn’s store.  The shooting occurred as Dunn was attempting to stop Lopez from leaving the store with the hatchet. The struggle at the door, the shooting, and the rapid demise of Lopez were all captured on the store’s security recording, which you can view by clicking here. The facts of …

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SHOW: Qualified Immunity, Judge Don Willett, Q&A

Hey folks, In this episode we discussed: The legal doctrine of qualified immunity, and an excellent critical opinion on the doctrine by 5th Circuit Judge Don Willett.  50% sale on state-specific DVDs for OH, WV, OR, and TN, valid ONLY THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21! Ohio:  http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/ohiodvd West Virginia:  http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/westvirginiadvd Oregon:  http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/oregondvd Tennessee:  http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/tennesseedvd We also did a TON of Q&A. I hope you enjoy the show! –Andrew

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News Post: Michael Strickland to Appeal Gun Convictions

Readers may recall that on July 7, 2016  Michael Strickland–a self-described “citizen journalist” decided to attend a Portland OR “Black Lives Matter” event, purportedly for reporting purposes.   Strickland had through his previous blogging on BLM become well-known to many of the people active in the Portland BLM movement, and he was recognized at the rally.  This resulted in a crowd of rather aggressive and threatening people surrounding Strickland. Strickland responded by pulling a Glock …

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Rider Mower Used to Neutralize Chainsaw Attacker

In a case out of Blountsville TN we have a curious case in which a man used his rider mower to defend against chainsaw-wielding attacker. I kid you not. The outcome?  Rider mower for the win–the chainsaw-wielding attacker ended up losing his leg to the mower.  Not only that, but the chainsaw-wielding attacker has now been charged with attempted second-degree murder, and the defender’s use of the riding mower as a defensive weapon has been …

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Consciousness of Guilt Evidence: Just Don’t

Out of West Palm Beach FL we have a jury deliberating over a murder charge in which the defendant purportedly shot and killed the victim over a $10 marijuana debt.  Nothing too remarkable about that, I suppose.  Naturally, the defendant claims that he shot the victim in self-defense.  Given that the only two witnesses were the defendant and the deceased victim, crafting a compelling narrative of self-defense might not have been all that difficult–after all, …

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CO: Does Attempted Home Invasion Trigger “Make My Day”?

A Colorado Springs CO  homeowner shot and killed a man trying to break into his home this past Saturday night, according to the Washington Times and other news sources. It appears that local police have determined that the use of force was lawful, in that the homeowner was protecting his residence and family, although no specific mention is made to Colorado law regarding the use of deadly force in defense of highly-defensible property. Colorado’s defense …

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Zimmerman to Plead No Contest to Stalking Charges

Various news reports, including this one, are reporting that George Zimmerman is expected to plead no contest to charges of misdemeanor stalking. The charges stem from a blizzard of angry voicemail messages and text messages purportedly made by Zimmerman to the private investigator hired by “producer” Jay Z as part of the production of the crockumentary, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.” News reports indicate that under Florida law the no contest plea concedes …

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COTW: Will US Supreme Court Allow Cops’ Suit Against Marilyn Mosby?

The Baltimore police officers who are suing State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby for maliciously investigating and defaming them when she criminally charging them over the death of Freddie Gray while he was in police custody have appealed the 4th Circuit’s dismissal of their case to the US Supreme Court, according to the Baltimore Sun. A copy of the officers’ motion for certiorari to the US Supreme Court can be viewed by clicking here. In addition, you …

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SHOW: Martial Arts, Bad Prosecutors & 4 State Sale!

Here’s the weekly Law of Self Defense Show for October 10, 2018!   In this episode we discussed: Self-defense in the context of martial arts Holding bad prosecutors accountable 50% sale on state-specific DVDs for PA, IN, KY and NE, valid ONLY THROUGH SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14! Pennsylvania:  http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/pennsylvaniadvd Indiana:  http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/indianadvd Kentucky:  http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/kentuckydvd Nebraska:  http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/nebraskadvd I hope  you enjoy the show! –Andrew

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No Surprise: Police Shooter of Laquan McDonald Convicted

Not that it ought to be any surprise to anybody who looked at the evidence, but Chicago Police Department officer Jason Van Dyke has just been found guilty by a jury of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, reports FOX News and other sources. There was a hypothetical narrative under which Officer Van Dyke’s narrative of innocence might have been compelling, but he never offered such a narrative, even after testifying in …

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