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Attorney Andrew Branca

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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INTERVIEW: Andrew on Out of Order Gun Rights Podcast

Hey folks, This is an unusual “Law of Self Defense Show” because it’s being done as a recording rather than live–unfortunately, events are keeping me from being available live at the normal Wednesday 2PM Eastern live show time.  This is a recording of my recent interview by James Kaleda of the Out of Order Gun Rights podcast.  We also announce a 50% off sale on our Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 State-specific DVDs for …

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COTW: Speculative Fear Inadequate to Justify Use-of-Force

This week’s case comes out of California’s Court of Appeal, in a decision filed just last Monday (People v. Gregory). It involves two particularly interesting facets of self-defense law: a speculative threat, and provocation with intent. This week we’ll address the speculative threat, and we’ll address provocation with intent next week. Late Night Party, Booze, Loud Music, Angry Neighbors The case revolves around a late-night party in an apartment building, loud music, and alcohol. The …

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