Imperfect Self-Defense: Mitigating Murder to a Lesser Offense

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content!  Today we take a look at a recent court of appeals decision handed down in Illinois just a few days ago, on November 12, 2020, involving a woman convicted of murder for killing a man in claimed self-defense. A key issue in this case was whether …

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The Killer Ballerina:  There’s ALWAYS Another “Witness”

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content!  And, yes, it really involves a killer ballerina!  More interestingly, from a use-of-force law perspective, it also touches upon one of the most common questions we get here at Law of Self Defense: If there are only two people involved in a use-of-force event, and one …

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Prosecutors Being Taught A Lesson in Realpolitik, Pour Encourager les Autres

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! Today I’d like to share a small news item that will likely go unnoticed by almost everyone, but which reflects a matter of genuine “realpolitik” in today’s racially energized use-of-force cases—and therefore a matter that all of the Law of Self Defense community must be aware …

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Marine with PTSD Kills Man Who First Threatens to Kill the Marine: Murder, Self-Defense, or Diminished Capacity?

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content! Today I’d like to focus on a recent decision out of the Washington Court of Appeals, just about a week ago—that’s how current our self-defense law coverage is, folks—that touches upon a number of issues I know to be of extreme interest to the Law of …

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What Happens on the Internet Stays on the Internet: Until It Appears in Court

Hey folks, welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense Members-only content, which I’m afraid is going to be a bit of a drive-by, due to other commitments today. Today’s content touches upon the Ahmaud Arbery case, which you’ll know has been covered here in considerable detail, including these posts: Felony Murder Based on Attempted False …

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People v. Jones: A ton of self-defense law packed into one case!

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense members-only content!  Today I’d like to focus on a recent decision out of the Illinois Court of Appeals, handed down just last Friday, just over a week ago, People v. Jones (linked in the text version of today’s content). What’s interesting about this Jones decision isn’t that it …

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NEW & FREE! Law of Self Defense “Mini-Course”

Welcome to today’s Law of Self Defense members only content! Today we’re taking a different tack on our content.  Instead of writing on some use-of-force event in the news–and especially not on the Walter Wallace case, which really raises no interesting legal questions, it’s simply a good shoot by the officers involved–I’d like to give …

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