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Murder? Man Returns to Bed After Killing Thief

James Michael Meyer, a 72-year-old Dallas man, returned to bed after shooting and killing a purported thief this past week, before later calling police He’s now been charged with murder. While Meyer going back to bed is bizarre behavior that leads every headline on this story, is it the major evidence supporting a murder charge? Are there other facts in this case that undermine his claim of lawful self-defense and (likely in Texas) deadly force …

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The Closing Window of Imminence

A Bronx man comes across a burglar breaking into his house. The homeowner brings deadly force against the burglar—a use of force explicitly permitted under New York law. The burglar dies as a result. Now the homeowner is charged with murder! Wondering how the homeowner could be charged with the murder of the burglar when New York law explicitly allows for the use of deadly force to stop a burglary? Ready to hear the rest …

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VIDEO: “Knife Up, Don’t Shoot”?

This past September 17, a white Saint Paul MN police officer shot and killed a black male, Ronald Davis.   Within five days there were organized protests against police brutality, complete with professionally printed signs and “Stop Killing People of Color” banners. This is how that shooting was described by “news” (actually propaganda) source that self-identifies as focusing on “the People’s Struggle”: 31-year-old Ronald Davis was a father, recently married, and had just graduated school. After …

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Shotgun Booby-Trap: Just Don’t

The notion of booby-traps has been around for as long as human beings have wanted to secure their unattended stuff against unlawful taking. Indeed, although we didn’t spend much time in law school studying use-of-force law generally, some of our memorable case discussion involved the use of deadly-force booby-traps in defense of property specifically. Now out of Illinois we have a case of a man who was tried, and convicted, of murder because a shotgun …

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FINAL SCORE: Homeowner: 3, Armed Robbers: 0

A Georgia homeowner attacked by three armed masked robbers at o-dark-thirty managed to draw his own gun in response and shoot and kill all three of his attackers. Such a highly successful defensive use of a firearm by an armed citizen is, naturally, unacceptable to the Progressive media, so they contort themselves in an effort to suggest that fault lies either with the homeowner himself, or with some defect in the law of self-defense (enter …

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When Judges Don’t Understand the Law

In preparing for this weekend’s live Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class in Florida, I came across a Florida court of appeal case that highlights once again the dangers of placing your fate in the hands of strangers, even judges, unless absolutely necessary. In this case, we have a panel of three Florida appellate judges unanimously agreeing on an application of Florida’s core self-defense law in a way that’s plainly and obviously wrong. Ironically, …

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Make My Day? Details Matter!

This past December a Colorado man shot and killed a person unlawfully in his home. Normally, Colorado’s “Make My Day” law acts as powerful legal protection for homeowners who use force in defense of their homes against intruders—indeed, it’s arguably the most favorable defense of home statute in the country. Last week, however, a judge ruled that this home defender failed to qualify for the protection of the “Make My Day” statute—because the defender tripped …

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SURPRISE! Threaten cop, get shot by cop

Today’s post involves the defensive shooting of an armed suspect by a North Carolina deputy almost exactly a year ago but is back in the news this week because the suspect’s family has decided his shooting was inappropriate. Why did the deputy shoot him? Well, when the deputy responded in his patrol car to a 3 AM domestic disturbance call the suspect, standing outside the residence in question, brandished a gun at the deputy, fired …

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