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Florida Changes Burden of Proof on Self-Defense Immunity

I see from Miguel Gonzalez’ excellent blog, Gun Free Zone, that Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law the legislation recently passed changing the burden of persuasion on self-defense immunity. In effect, instead of the claimant (defender) having to now prove self-defense by a preponderance of the evidence (typically at a pre-trial hearing) in …

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Firing In Pursuit of Fleeing Suspect Almost Always a Bad Idea

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: Firing shots in pursuit of a fleeing suspect, absent a deadly force threat, is a fool’s game. In April of 2014 Indiana homeowner, 33-year-old David McLaughlin, heard the alarm on his home garage go off, suggesting that someone was breaking into the garage. Sure …

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Attorney Andrew Branca on Ballistic Radio

Hey folks, This past Sunday I was the featured guest (live, so I had to watch my language!) on Ballistic Radio, hosted by John Johnston. It was a fun time. If you missed it, you can now catch it as a recording in the official version by clicking here, or on my Youtube channel. I’ve …

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LI: Freddie Gray Trial: Defense Rests, Closing Arguments Monday

From my post over at Legal Insurrection: Today the defense wrapped up their case in the “Freddie Gray” trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter. The jury has been dismissed for the weekend, and closing statements will be completed on Monday. I would not be surprised if the jurors went into deliberations Monday afternoon, or …

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LI: Freddie Gray Trial: Mistrial Denied after State Fails to Disclose Evidence

From my post over at Legal Insurrection: Judge Williams denied a mistrial yesterday in the “Freddie Gray” trial of Officer William Porter, despite the defense exposing that the State had failed to disclose evidence in its possession that Gray had a pre-existing back injury. In addition, two of the State’s experts apparently disagree on whether …

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LI: Freddie Gray Trial Day 2: Prosecution’s Case Looks Weak

As we emerge from day two of the Freddie Gray trial of Police Officer William Porter, we have yet to see a compelling narrative of guilt from the prosecution, particularly on the more serious charges brought against Porter.There is no live remote access to the court room, so the information below is largely obtained from …

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