Cases of the Week: May 19, 2019

Hey folks, In this episode we cover three of the most notable appellate court use-of-force decisions of the last week. People v. Stevenson, 2020 Mich. App. LEXIS 3376 (MI Ct. App. 2020) Involving a a crack-fueled ménage à trois, and a denied jury instruction on defense of others. Branham v. State, 2020 Ind. App. Unpub. LEXIS 584 (IN Ct. App. 2020) Self-defense fails on a number of required elements, despite self-serving testimony of self-defense. State …

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Ahmaud Arbery: Propaganda Photos, §1983, & Cop Video: May 19, 2020

Hey folks In today’s show on the Ahmaud Arbery case I touch on two closely related topics, and share a police body cam video with you. First, we compare the photos preferentially used by the media in the Trayvon Martin case with the photos preferentially used by the media in this Arbery case. Second, we look at 42 USC §1983 as a financial motive for such propaganda (e.g., ka-ching). Third, we share a police body …

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Ahmaud Arbery: Arrest Warrants: May 18, 2020

Hey folks, In the last several shows I’ve mentioned that I would share with all of you the arrest warrants for Travis McMichael and Greg McMichael, but realized today that so far I’ve neglected to follow through on that. NOTE: You can access all our coverage of the Amhaud Arbery case here: http://lawofselfdefense.com/arbery In the interests of picking up that dropped ball, you’ll find both arrest warrants embedded below. In this show I’ll also step …

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Ahmaud Arbery: Color of Law: May 17, 2020

Hey folks, Today’s show is a short one focusing mostly on the just released news that Greg McMichaels was working cooperatively with the police and the homeowner of the structure Arbery unlawfully entered, to keep an eye on the property, particularly in the event of unlawful intruders. This provides a perfectly legitimate rationale, free of any racial animus, for why the McMichaels might involve themselves in seeking to question an unlawful intruder fleeing from his …

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Ahmaud Arbery: Citizens Arrest, Part 2: May 15, 2020

Hey folks, In yesterday’s show I presented the provocative and controversial argument that, in fact and law, the GA citizens arrest law is irrelevant to whether the conduct of Travis McMichael and/or Greg McMichael was criminal with respect to the death of Ahmaud Arbery. I also made the same argument during a lengthy, 3.5 hour, interview on the Rekieta Law YouTube show last night. You can find yesterday’s Law of Self Defense show here: Ahmaud …

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Ahmaud Arbery: For Your Consideration: May 14, 2020

Ahmaud Arbery: For Your Consideration: May 14, 2020  Georgia’s citizens arrest statute: §17-4-60 Grounds for arrest Georgia’s justification statute (including use of force in making lawful arrest): §16-3-20. Justification Georgia’s felony burglary statute §16-7-1. Burglary Georgia’s aggravated assault statute: §16-5-21. Aggravated assault Georgia’s simple assault statute: § 16-5-20. Simple assault Georgia’s open carry statute: § 16-11-126. Having or carrying handguns, long guns, or other weapons; license requirement; exceptions for homes, motor vehicles, private property, …

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Ahmaud Arbery: Legal Analysis: Use of Force: May 13, 2020

Ahmaud Arbery: Legal Analysis: Use of Force: May 13, 2020: Georgia’s citizens arrest statute: §17-4-60 Grounds for arrest Georgia’s justification statute (including use of force in making lawful arrest): §16-3-20. Justification Georgia’s felony burglary statute §16-7-1. Burglary Georgia’s aggravated assault statute: §16-5-21. Aggravated assault Georgia’s simple assault statute: § 16-5-20. Simple assault Georgia’s open carry statute: § 16-11-126. Having or carrying handguns, long guns, or other weapons; license requirement; exceptions for homes, motor vehicles, private …

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Ahmaud Arbery: GA Citizens Arrest Law: May 12, 2020

Ahmaud Arbery: GA Citizens Arrest Law: May 12, 2020 Georgia’s citizens arrest statute: §17-4-60 Grounds for arrest Georgia’s felony burglary statute §16-7-1. Burglary Remember: You carry a gun so you’re hard to kill. Know the law so you’re hard to convict! Stay safe! –Andrew Attorney Andrew F. Branca Law of Self Defense LLC Law of Self Defense CONSULT Program  

Cases of the Week: May 12, 2020

Hey folks, This week’s Cases of the Week, for the week ending May 8, 2020, includes the three most important and interesting appellate court decisions (case law) on use-of-force cases in the last week out of the following states: Pennsylvania, Texas, and Georgia (Supreme Court!) If your state wasn’t in that list, don’t lose interest, you can likely learn a lot from those cases even if your state is not listed, because the general principles …

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News/Q&A: May 7, 2020

Hey folks, News/Q&A Show: May 7, 2020 Today’s show looked at the shooting death this week of 17-year-old black male Adrien Green by a Florida homeowner who believed that Green was burglarizing his car. Links to the various statutes and videos mentioned in this show can be found below the video. §776.013 Home protection; use or threatened use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm. §776.08: Forcible felony §776.031: Use or …

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