COTW: Speculative Fear Inadequate to Justify Use-of-Force

This week’s case comes out of California’s Court of Appeal, in a decision filed just last Monday (People v. Gregory). It involves two particularly interesting facets of self-defense law: a speculative threat, and provocation with intent. This week we’ll address the speculative threat, and we’ll address provocation with intent next week. Late Night Party, Booze, Loud Music, Angry Neighbors The case revolves around a late-night party in an apartment building, loud music, and alcohol. The …

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