George Zimmerman Trial

Andrew Branca, LOSD, on Zimmerman Panel at Cornell Law School

Hey folks, Well, I just saw an official copy of the notice over at Legal Insurrection regarding my panel appearance at Cornell Law School on Thursday, September 14, 4PM to 6PM (Room G90, Myron Taylor Hall) Admission is free, and the event is open to the public, but I’m told parking might be a challenge. …

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Zimmerman Redux: The Breaking Louisiana Self-Defense Case of Merritt Landry

Merritt Landry, a 33-year-old “white caucasian” shot the victim, a 14-year-old black boy, in the head. A single spent cartridge case was recovered at the scene, indicating that a semi-automatic weapon was used and suggesting that a single shot was fired. The hour of the shooting was approximately 2:00AM, on Friday, July 26, 2013. As …

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Stand Your Ground: The “New” Self-Defense Doctrine That’s 136 Years Young

Much has been made lately of the self-defense legal doctrine of Stand-Your-Ground, mostly for political purposes unrelated to any actual legal application of the doctrine (for more on this, see here: Stand-Your-Ground: Gun Control Zombies Exploit Grieving Black Community). Those denouncing Stand-Your-Ground characterize it as something “new,” a misguided initiative adopted in recent years by …

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Coveted Double-Mention of LOSD on Ace of Spades HQ

I don’t know if it’s ever happened before, but somehow I was lucky enough to get mentioned prominently not just once today, but twice, on the fantastic Ace of Spades HQ blog. First mention came in the Sunday morning gun thread, because of my daily coverage of the Zimmerman trial: Gun Thread 7/21/2013: Stand Your …

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Andrew Branca Talks Zimmerman, Self-Defense Law on Teri O’Brien Show

Hey folks, Last week I was a guest on the great Teri O’Brien show, and had a fantastic time talking the just concluded Zimmerman trial and self-defense law in general. (I’m hoping I get invited back sometime, too–hint, hint. 🙂 ). I’ve bee meaning to post up here about it right away, but with the …

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Self-Defense Immunity Laws: Which States Protect You Best?

Hey folks, Now that the Zimmerman criminal trial has concluded, much attention has focused on the prospects for Zimmerman seeking protection under Florida’s self-defense immunity statute from any possible civil action against him. Florida’s statute 776.032, is among the broader self-defense immunity statutes, in that it possesses all four qualities of an optimal statute of …

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The Marissa Alexander Case Wasn’t About “Stand-Your-Ground” Either

Hey folks, By now some of you may have heard about the Marissa Alexander case in Florida. Many people are trying to twist the facts of this case in a fashion that will be familiar to the rational among us who watched the Zimmerman case. Essentially they want to know why Florida’s stand-your-ground law was …

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WSJ: Legal Insights on the Zimmerman Verdict

July 14, 2013, 12:02 PM ET Legal Insights on the Zimmerman Verdict By Joe Palazzolo We asked a panel of self-defense experts for reactions to a jury finding George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin. Joshua Dressler, a professor at The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, said the …

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Angela Corey’s “Downfall”– LMAO Funny!

Hey folks, Just learned that Evi L. Bloggerlady (@MsEBL on Twitter) put together a “Downfall” video for the Zimmerman verdict. It is fall-off-your-chair funny. If you are eating or drinking, stop before watching the video, or be prepared to do an extensive cleaning of your computer. Hey @MsEBL, there’s a nicely autographed book on its …

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Zimmerman Trial: VERDICT–NOT GUILTY See video!

The Zimmerman trial jury returned a guilty of NOT GUILTY this evening. I’ll have a great deal more to say about this case in the coming days, but for the moment I’m going to leave you with simply the verdict.  A little tired after several weeks of very, very, long days. –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

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