No Absolute Right to Argue Self-Defense at Trial

The right of self-defense is as old as civilization itself. Self-defense was written about by the ancient Greeks and Romans, and indeed self-defense is arguably older than humanity itself as a form of Natural Law—after all, all wild creatures attempt to defend themselves from attack. That said, it’s also a right that is not absolute, at least in the sense that it’s quite possible for that right to be forfeited by conduct sufficiently inconsistent with …

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