Proving State of Mind: “Trespassers Will Be Shot, Survivors Shot Again”

Today’s Post of the Day involves a murder trial that just wrapped up in Alabama, in which the defendant was charged with murder for killing his brother-in-law over a dispute about lawn mowing. A key issue in the case involved the defendant’s subjective state of mind—had he possessed the state of mind required for lawful self-defense, in which case an acquittal would be the appropriate verdict, or was his state of mind other than that …

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