Legal Presumptions in Defense of Home

Today’s post is prompted by a news story about a recent shooting in an ex-burb of Baltimore in which a homeowner shot and killed a man attempting to unlawfully and forcibly enter the home. Authorities are now deciding whether to prosecute the homeowner. Notably, Maryland lacks any legal presumption of reasonableness in the context of defense of dwelling, legal presumptions that many states have enacted, so this case provides an opportunity to explore what legal …

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