Attorney Andrew Branca

COTW: Beating An Unconscious “Aggressor” Is Not Self-Defense

In this Case of the Week we take a look at a bar fight out of Oshkosh WI that left one of the combatants dead and the other charged with first-degree murder and arguing desperately for self-defense immunity in order to avoid prosecution. The facts here are as reported in the Des Moines Register. [UPDATE:  On Monday, February 4, 2019, a jury found the defendant in this case, Rodney Henricksen, guilty of second-degree murder.] [NOTE:  …

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BREAKING: New Law of Self Defense Q&A Show: “Calling the Shots”

Hey folks, I’ve got exciting news: Law of Self Defense is partnering with Alien Gear Holsters to launch a new LIVE weekly self-defense law Q&A show: “Calling the Shots.” “Calling the Shots” will air on Wednesdays beginning tomorrow, Feb. 27, LIVE at 3PM PST (adjust for your time zone)! We’ll have valuable prizes for folks whose questions are chosen for the show, but you must be present during the live show to win! How do …

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POTD: 7th Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Hey folks, This week’s Post of the Day notes that today is the 7th Anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day:  the day that Trayvon failed in his effort to murder or maim George Zimmerman, the day that would prove to be Trayvon’s last because of extremely poor victim selection skills and a 9mm round to the heart. But mostly the 9mm round to the heart. Having been deeply involved in this case …

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Law of Self Defense Show: Feb. 25, 2019

In this week’s Law of Self Defense Show we announce the launch of the Law of Self Defense Membership program, our alternative platform to our long-standing Patreon page, which we are aggressively exiting. We also continue our ongoing segment entitled “Self-Defense Law Terms That Don’t Mean What You (Probably) Believe They Mean,” focusing this week on the term “Castle Doctrine” and what it actually means and doesn’t mean. Our Q&A segment focuses on whether YouTube …

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POTD: When Felony Murder Isn’t Felony Murder

Today’s Post of the Day involves a use-of-force case out of Indianapolis (hosting the NRA Annual Meeting in just a couple of months, say hello if you see me there!). The “journalist” who wrote this post appears confounded by the relatively straightforward application of Indiana self-defense law, which is, of course, the norm. Unfortunately, Chief Trial Deputy at the relevant prosecutor’s office also grossly misunderstands Indiana self-defense law, according to his quote in the news …

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POTD: Freddie Gray Killed by Own Stupidity, not by Police

Just a quick Post of the Day this Saturday morning, as I came across yet another “news” article that continues to propagate yet another false use-of-force narrative by the racial grievance industrial complex. This “news” post was by the Daily Memphian, whose catchphrase is—I kid you not—”truth in place.”   The “journalist” is one Yolanda Jones, whom the Daily Memphian tells us “covers criminal justice issues and general assignment news. I’ll briefly summarize the substance of …

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POTD: Be Wary of Cops (and Lawyers and Firearms Instructors) Bearing Self-Defense Law Advice

Today’s Post of the Day highlights yet another example of the dangers of assuming that a person actually understands self-defense law simply because of their job title. In this particular case that person happens to be a New York State Trooper, but this caution applies to literally everybody—judges, lawyers, firearms instructors, everybody. Note that I’m not saying that any of those people can’t have a robust understanding of self-defense law. It’s possible that they do, …

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COTW: “Hard” versus “Soft” Stand-Your-Ground Provisions

This Case of the Week involves an acquittal in a murder case out of Louisiana that provides a real-time illustration of the difference between the application of what I refer to as “hard” Stand-Your-Ground provisions versus “soft” Stand-Your-Ground provisions. (Details here are as reported by The Advocate and other news sources.) The facts of the case involve a bare-handed attack by a large aggressor against a smaller defender, one Jacob Westbrook, who was armed with …

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POTD: Hammer Attack Proportionality: Deadly Force = Deadly Force

Today’s Post of the Day involves a video clip forwarded to me by a member of the Law of Self Defense Community (thanks, Frank S.!) and provides a good opportunity to illustrate a particular facet of the element of proportionality—one of the five elements of a claim of self-defense—particularly in the context of differentiating the continuum of force as it exists, or not, with respect to deadly force versus non-deadly force. I’m going to caution …

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Law of Self Defense Show (2/18/19)

In this week’s Law of Self Defense Show we started a new occasional segment entitled “Self-Defense Law Terms That Don’t Mean What You (Probably) Think They Mean.” We also announced a flash 50% off sale on our state-specific Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Classes for the states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Sale in effect only through Wednesday, February 20! This week we focused on the often misused term “affirmative defense,” …

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