Andrew Branca

News: “A Rare Mostly Accurate News Report on Self-Defense Law”

This article about a deadly-force self-defense trial in Alabama had a very rare instance of a journalist actually getting a description of self-defense law almost exactly right.  

It’s such a rare occurrence, I feel obliged to recognize the journalist, Jessica Barnett, for a job almost perfectly done.

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News: “New Light on Why Michael Drejka Wasn’t Initially Arrested”

Most of you will be familiar with the Florida “handicap parking spot” shooting, in which Michael Drejka shot and killed Markeis McGlockton, following being shoved to the ground when McGlockton saw Drejka scolding Drejka’s girlfriend over improperly parking in a handicap parking spot.

These events occurred in the Florida county of Pinellas, in which the Sheriff is Bob Gualtieri. Shortly after the shooting Sheriff Gualtieri shockingly announced that he had decided against arresting Drejka, on the grounds that the arrest was prohibited under Florida’s self-defense immunity law.  (For a more in-depth discussion

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Murder 2 Charge Added Against ex-cop Mohamed Noor

The Minnesota newspaper StarTribune has reported that second-degree murder charge has been added in the criminal case against Minnesota ex-cop Mohamed Mohamed Noor (not a typo).  Noor is the police officer who responded to a “suspected rape in an alley” call, then abruptly shot and killed Justin Damond, the whom who had initially called police, when she approached Noor’s vehicle as it was about to depart the scene.

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News: “Beware of Internet-Based Legal Info (duh)”

I know, I know, here I am, a lawyer on the internet, cautioning  you against the dangers of legal information obtained over the internet.  

The real caution, I suppose, is to beware legal information from any source, internet-based or not, that’s not based on actual law.  Seeing the actual law is always best; relying on well-established reputation for applying actual law can work, too (it’s what you’re doing right now reading this, after all).  

Simply taking someone’s blanket statements at face value is a formula for disaster.

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News: ‘Oops, Wrong Apartment’ Shooting Bumped to Murder”

Local Dallas Fox News reports that former police officer Amber Guyger was indicted yesterday by a grand jury on the charge of murder for the shooting death of Botham Jean.  This is a bump up from her arrest charge of manslaughter. Guyger shot and killed Jean in his own apartment, purportedly because she mistakenly believed she’d stumbled upon an intruder in her own apartment on the floor below.

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News: “Using Gun Against Roman Candle Attack: Lawful?”

People get into the craziest situations–like charging with a gun at a group of punks shooting July 5 (not a typo) fireworks at your apartment building.  

According to this brief news report, the now defendant actually shot and wounded someone (who, of course, claims that it was her friends, not her, who was shooting the fireworks, she was minding her own business, didn’t do nothing, etc.).  As a result, he’s coming to trial in January on a charge of criminal discharge of a firearm.  

He is, of course, claiming self-defense as justification of his use of force.

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Free Gun Safety Class, Inexpensive Certificate for CCW

Hey folks, So I’ve been made aware of an interesting offering from Ryan Cleckner of RocketCCW, and thought I’d share it with you. I first met Ryan just a couple of months ago while I was teaching a class in Tennessee, and was impressed by his background and gun savvy, as well as his creative …

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Law of Self Defense Podcast: November 8, 2017

This video podcast is mostly a capture of the 30-minute Facebook Live session conducted on November 8, 2017. Topics covered include: the Sutherland TX First Baptist Church massacre; defense of others, in considerable detail; deadly force and the relevance of exceptional skill in the context of martial arts; reasonableness in the context of a combat …

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LEVEL 1 LIVE ONLINE Class a hit: “This class was AMAZING!”

Hey folks, Well, yesterday we conducted our first ever Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Live Online Class, and I’m pleased to say things went tremendously well. It was a sold-out class (we max participation at 20 students), with students drawn from 12 different states. The technology platform for streaming the live class to the …

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Law of Self Defense Podcast: October 25, 2017

This video podcast is mostly a capture of the 30-minute Facebook Live session conducted on October 25, 2017. Topics covered include: another example of why it’s essential that you educate yourself on self-defense law rather than presume someone else, even a criminal defense attorney, knows what they’re talking about; the difference between “hard” and “soft” …

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