News: “When Is Evidence of Attacker’s Character/Bad Acts Relevant?”

Today’s post involves a decision in a preliminary hearing out of Tennessee.  This case involves the killing of a black suspect, Daniel Hambrick, by a white police officer, Officer Andrew Delke, and is being pursued aggressively by prosecutors who argue that Delke shooting the fleeing Hambrick in the back three times constitutes murder, despite the fact that it is undisputed that Hambrick was armed with a handgun.


This post doesn’t discuss the merits of this case (on which you can find more details here) but rather focuses on one particular issue:When can the character or prior bad acts of the victim be relevant in a self-defense case.

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