Driving a Car Through a Threatening Mob: Self-Defense or a Crime?

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! Today I’d like share with all of you the analysis of a mob-on-patrol-car attack that took place a couple of days ago in Tacoma, WA, with the result that the Tacoma officer drove his vehicle through the attacking mob to a position of safety. The predictable …

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The TN Lawyer’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Social Media Day

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! Today I’d like to share with all of you the case of a Tennessee lawyer who has managed to “murder”—or, at least, cause “serious bodily harm” to his legal career by apparently advising a woman on how to murder her ex-boyfriend and father of her child, …

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Shot to Back of Head: Can It Ever Be A Lawful Use-of-Force?

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! Today I’d like to take a quick look at a case out of Chicago in which a man who shot someone in the back of the head is claiming that he did so in lawful self-defense.  The prosecution, as one might imagine, is struggling to imagine …

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Use-of-Force Charges vs. Weapons Charges

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! Today I’d like focus on a case out of Fort Dodge, Iowa that touches upon the distinction between use-of-force criminal charges and weapons criminal charges, as well as how those two distinct sets of charges can overlap and impact each other. The case involves an early …

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When Self-Defense Immunity Is No Shield

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! Today I’d like to share with you a recent court decision out of the Kansas Supreme Court just five days ago, on January 15, that illustrates the unfortunate circumstance in which a self-defense immunity provision is so weak that it effectively provides no shield against unwarranted …

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When Circumstantial Evidence Is Not Enough

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! Today we’re going to share an appellate court decision out of Louisiana that was handed down just a few days ago, on January 13, involving a self-defense case in which the defender’s 39-year manslaughter sentence was reversed on the grounds that the prosecutors at trial had …

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Hearsay Rule Exceptions: Excited Utterance & Statement Against Interest

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content!  Today we’re going to a very interesting question sent in to us from Law of Self Defense Platinum-level Member Scott M., who asked us to address the legal doctrine of hearsay evidence, as well as two specific exceptions to the hearsay rule—the excited utterance and the …

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Did the Capital Hill Protestors Commit Felony Murder?

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content!  Today we’re going to discuss a legal doctrine that’s come up in the context of the Capital Hill protests in which at least one person died directly, and that is whether the protestors could reasonably be held responsible for felony murder as a consequence of that …

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