VIDEO: On “Warning Shot” Bill, State Prosecutor Fences with Senate Bill Sponsor

This past week the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted 5-0 to advance SB 448, commonly referred to as the “warning shot” bill. I address the substance of this bill (and its House counterpart, HB 89) in some detail over at legal insurrection: Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Advances.) Notably, every speaker before the committee was supportive of the bill; Bill Cervone, representing State Prosecutors, was ambivalent about the bill itself, but supportive of the bill’s …

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VIDEO: On “Warning Shot” Bill, Examples of “10-20-Life” Applied to Self-Defense Cases

This past week the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted 5-0 to advance SB 448, commonly referred to as the “warning shot” bill. I address the substance of this bill (and its House counterpart, HB 89) in some detail over at Legal Insurrection: Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Advances.) Notably, every speaker before the committee was supportive of the bill; Bill Cervone, representing State Prosecutors, was ambivalent about the bill itself, but supportive of the bill’s …

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VIDEO: On “Warning Shot” Bill, Addresses Verbal Defensive Threats, Marissa Alexander Scenarios

This past week the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted 5-0 to advance SB 448, commonly referred to as the “warning shot” bill. I address the substance of this bill (and its House counterpart, HB 89) in some detail over at legal insurrection: Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Advances.) Notably, every speaker before the committee was supportive of the bill; Bill Cervone, representing State Prosecutors, was ambivalent about the bill itself, but supportive of the bill’s …

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VIDEO: On “Warning Shot” Bill, Eric Friday of Florida Carry, Shines Again

This past week the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted 5-0 to advance SB 448, commonly referred to as the “warning shot” bill. I address the substance of this bill (and its House counterpart, HB 89) in some detail over at legal insurrection: Florida “Warning Shot” Bill Advances.) So far I’ve posted up rough transcripts and video of: Florida Representative Neil Combee, the sponsor of the parallel bill in the House, HN 89: VIDEO: On …

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To Revoke, or Not To Revoke: Marissa Alexander Bail Hearing Tomorrow

Marissa Alexander will learn on Friday if her current bail and home detention will be allowed to continue, or if it will be revoked, sending her back to jail until her re-trial. Alexander is currently on bail following her earlier conviction for aggravated assault with a handgun and the resulting mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years under Florida’s “10-20-Life” statute.  Her defense to the charges seems to be largely based on the notion that she …

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Bullet Impact/Trajectory Crime Scene Photos From Michael Dunn Case

Hey folks, I’ve gathered up a bunch of the crime scene photos from the Michael Dunn case, and wanted to share a few of them with all of you.  I don’t have much to say about them at the moment, but will likely be referencing them in future posts, on Twitter, etc., so I figured I’d set up a home for them here. Mostly here I’m including the photos showing the bullet impacts and trajectories, …

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Next Florida self-defense trial: Loud music, teens in a car and a shooting

Few among us will soon forget the “eccentric” jurisprudence demonstrated by Judge Debra Nelson during the George Zimmerman trial. I am pleased to discover that, to the good fortune of legal bloggers everywhere, Florida apparently has a surfeit of such judges. You ask for a similarly “eccentric” Florida judge in another Florida self-defense case? I give you Judge Russell Healey in the upcoming Michael Dunn trial. For the full story–and it’s a long one–check out …

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LOSD to Write “Question of the Week” Column for Ammoland

Hey folks, I’ve been kindly invited by Fredy Riehl, the Editor of Ammoland Shooting Sports News (www.ammoland.com) to start doing a weekly “Law of Self Defense: Question of the Week” column for them. It sounds like a lot of fun, and I’m happy to accept. Things are busy at Ammoland this month, what with the SHOT show and all, but I expect the first column to be up by month’s end. Of course, one can’t …

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Angela Corey Seeks Revocation of Marissa Alexander’s Bail

Well, Marissa Alexander simply can’t bring her self to abide by the orders of a court, according to a story from First Coast News (FCN), Florida. The last time she was out on bail, and under a restraining order to stay away from her estranged husband, she met with him to (successfully) induce him to execute a false affidavit favorable to her defense (an affidavit he quickly retracted). One of the conditions of her current …

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Chicago Federal Court strikes down ban on gun sales and transfers

US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois yesterday handed down a stinging defeat to the City of Chicago, and it’s mayor Rahm Emanuel. Despite clear Constitutional direction derived from D.C. v. Heller, and McDonald v. Chicago, the city of Chicago had insisted it possessed the power of law to deny almost all otherwise lawful purchases and transfers of guns in the city. Federal District Court Judge Edmond E. Chang, however, disagreed. For the …

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