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ANALYSIS: Michael Drejka Guilty of Manslaughter

OK, folks, here’s a somewhat more in-depth commentary on Drejka’s conviction last night: Last night “handicap parking spot shooter” Michael Drejka was found guilty of manslaughter, as charged, for the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton. The verdict was returned quickly last night, after the jury had deliberated only a few hours. Here’s that verdict being read: Drejka shot and killed McGlockton after McGlockton violently shoved Drejka to the ground in a convenience store parking lot. …

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BREAKING: Michael Drejka, “Handicap Spot Shooter,” Guilty of Manslaughter

Hey folks, Just a quick post on breaking news, minutes Michael Drejka, the Florida handicap parking spot shooter, was found guilty of manslaughter as charged. With the gun sentencing enhancement, that’ll be pretty much the rest of his life in prison. A more detailed post to follow. Here’s a quick video of the verdict being read: More to follow soon. –Andrew Attorney Andrew F. Branca Law of Self Defense LLC

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Does Michigan Decision Expand Self-Defense?

I’m seeing a lot of excitement in the gun community about the decision this week out of the Michigan court of appeals, People v. Siwatu-Salama, excitement along the lines of the decision representing some significant expansion of self-defense rights. In fact, the decision does nothing of the sort, is no reason to get excited, and if anything does far more to create ambiguity around self-defense than it does to create certainty. To the extent it …

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How Self-Defense Immunity Works

Self-defense immunity is among the most misunderstood self-defense law doctrines, thanks largely to the “news” media and others who benefit financially and socially from fostering confusion about self-defense law. In fact, self-defense immunity is very straightforward in terms of black letter law, and we’ll explain that law in this post. It does get a bit more complicated in terms of real-world application, however, and today’s post on self-defense immunity is prompted by an email sent …

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Andrew Guests on EDC Life Podcast

Today’s post is a re-play of my recent guest appearance on the EDC Life podcast. The episode runs about an hour and ten minutes, and covers a broad array of use-of-force law topics.  Law of Self Defense LIVE ONLINE Class, August 24 Also, there are ONLY FOUR DAYS LEFT until our Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Live Online Class on Saturday, August 24. Taught live by me and streamed online to you. Do …

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“Handicap Spot” Trial Triggers #FakeNews Tsunami

The Florida “handicap parking spot shooting” trial of Michael Drejka starts this week, and accordingly news coverage of the case—by which, of course, I mean “media lying” about the case—can be expected to spike. An excellent example of such media lying is found in today’s lie-filled report by—no surprise—that festering sore of media lies CNN. In today’s post we step through that “news” report and fisk out the many lies within. I’ve covered this case …

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When Prosecutors Run You Out of Money

[UPDATE: Greetings to the Ace of Spades horde!] Today’s post is prompted by news reports of a murder trial currently taking place in Arkansas. What’s interesting about this trial is not so much the actual underlying evidence in the case, but rather the fact that this is the third time that this defendant has been subject to a murder trial for the same claimed offense. This raises a question all of you should consider—how many …

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NEW EPISODE! Calling the Shots: August 14, 2019

In this new episode of “Calling the Shots” we cover in-depth the case of Dimitriy Andreychenko, the fellow who decided to shop at a Missouri Walmart with a long gun and body armor, was held at gunpoint by an off-duty firefighter, and has now been charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony good for seven years in prison. Given that open carry is legal in Missouri, and so not a crime in itself, how could …

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Killing a Child in Self-Defense

Today’s post is prompted by a case out of a Chicago suburb in which an armed homeowner shot and killed a 14-year-old while confronting a group of youths apparently attempting to steal the homeowner’s car from his driveway. The news media is, of course, reporting this as a gun owner shooting and killing a “boy,” suggesting it can’t be lawful self-defense if you’ve killed a “child.” As always, all facts are as reported in news …

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An Appeal Is Not A “Do-Over”

Today’s post is prompted by a news story out of Indiana in which a man convicted of murder tried, and failed, to get his 73-year sentence reduced on the basis that errors were made in his trial. In denying relief the judge noted a particular characteristic of appeals generally, and one that in my experience many folks don’t really understand, so I thought I’d take a moment to address that today: The legal reality that …

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