Death by Snow Shoveling & Being a Loudmouth: Mostly Being a Loudmouth

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! I am, of course, Attorney Andrew Branca, for Law of Self Defense. Today I’d like to share with you some modest legal discussion around the “snow shovel murder/suicide” that occurred outside Scranton PA a few days ago, on February 1, 2021, as reported by various media. …

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Stand-Your-Ground Legislation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! I am, of course, Attorney Andrew Branca, for Law of Self Defense. Today I’d like to share with you some legislative proposals for the adoption of stand-your-ground in two of the minority of states that are currently among the few remaining duty-to-retreat states. The two states …

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OOPS! Can You ACCIDENTALLY Lose Your Right to Self-Defense?

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! Today I’d like to share with all of you a case out of Georgia that provides a useful framework for exploring how even the best-intentioned defender might completely lose their right to self-defense—and do so entirely by accident. This case involves a Georgia man, one Antonio …

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Intruder Kills Homeowner: Self-Defense by Intruder? Court Says “Maybe”

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! Today I’d like to share with all of you a case currently being argued in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court that involves the question of whether an unlawful intruder who commits a nighttime breach of a home, and then kills the homeowner when confronted, might …

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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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