Churches as Highly-Defensible Property

Alabama continues to make efforts to categorize churches as “highly-defensible property.” This, of course, raises the question of what the phrases “highly-defensible property” means for use-of-force purposes, and how it differs from defense of property generally, as well as from other common use-of-force legal doctrines such as stand-your-ground and self-defense immunity. A recent news report notes: Alabama voters will decide next year whether to approve a Constitutional amendment that would extend ‘stand your ground’ law …

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