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Yes, Even Criminals Can Claim Self-Defense for a Killing

It may seem counter-intuitive that a person engaged in criminal conduct could kill someone and then be permitted to attempt to justify the killing as lawful self-defense. After all, just yesterday I wrote in the Post of the Day that an armed robber who suddenly finds himself facing his victim’s gun, and who shoots the victim in order to avoid being shot by the victim, cannot justify his shooting of the victim as self-defense. The …

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