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Self-Defense Homicide: Whose Truth are We Seeking?

November 7, 2014

Most lawyers hate surprises. Experienced trial attorneys are like producers of multi-act plays. We script out lines of inquiry, carefully order the exhibits we will use, and prepare for every foreseeable contingency. Yet far too often, those of us who represent or work with law enforcement are surprised by a critical piece of evidence that was not carefully assessed or a witness who was recently discovered that we did not plan for and had not interviewed or deposed.

Trial Brings New Scrutiny of Stand Your Ground Law

February 7, 2014
Nearly seven months after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman, whose shooting of an unarmed black teenager made him synonymous with Florida’s so-called Stand Your Ground law, the state’s latest drama involving a fatal burst of gunfire and a claim of self-defense began to play out Thursday in a Florida courtroom.

Video: Officer Safety Training Tip: Using Leg Strikes

December 19, 2013
Videos feature veteran officer Ron Dorfman and instructors John Crouch and Adam Gillespey demonstrating the techniques.

Retired Prison Guard Kills Escaped Iowa Convict Who Held Him Hostage

August 20, 2013
Long, who was armed with a semi-automatic handgun, had escaped from the Clarinda Correctional Facility early Friday morning. He allegedly shot a Taylor County deputy Sunday night and led police on a 40-minute chase.

Texas Police Enter Wrong House, Kill Armed Homeowner

July 30, 2013
Two Fort Worth Police officers who fatally shot an armed homeowner told investigators that poor lighting caused them to go to the wrong house while investigating a burglary call.

The Real Danger of the Trayvon Martin Case

July 26, 2013
We have seen this type of tragedy before and will doubtlessly see it again. It gave rise to the whole Tawana Brawley outrage; it led to the outrageous persecutions and prosecutions of Duke Lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans.

Video: Mo. Officer Fighting for Job After Acquittal

July 9, 2013
A fired St. Louis (Mo.) Police officer is seeking reinstatement after a judge acquitted him of charges that he assaulted a handcuffed teen by striking him with an elbow.

Calif. DA: Fatal OIS Was Self Defense

June 13, 2013
The fatal officer-involved shooting of a Vallejo man in September outside his sisters' home was a case of self-defense, the Solano County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Group Begins Arming Citizens With Shotguns In Houston

June 10, 2013
Members of a Houston-based gun-rights group began handing out shotguns and training single women living in one of the city's high-crime neighborhoods as it plans to roll out the program to other U.S. cities.

The Will To Survive

June 5, 2013
Of the components of the will to survive, none is more important than mindset. How often have we seen a man of lesser skillsets come out the survivor of some confrontation simply because he refused to go down?

Video: Road Raging N.C. Man Opens Fire

March 27, 2013
A North Carolina man is facing multiple charges and up to four years in prison if convicted in a violent road rage encounter in which he opened fire on a truckload of young men.

Activist To Hand Out Shotguns In High-Crime Areas

March 27, 2013
A Tucson, Ariz., activist said he plans to hand out free shotguns in three high-crime neighborhoods to help citizens and police deter criminal activity. A city councilman called the plan "absolute lunacy."

Wis. Sheriff: 911 No Longer Best Option

January 28, 2013
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. urged citizens to arm themselves rather than calling 911 and waiting for a police response in a radio ad that has drawn criticism from elected leaders.

Run, Hide, Fight

September 12, 2012

The city of Houston produced this video to offer practical tips to civilians for an active-shooter incident, instructing workers to lock doors behind them, silence their cellphones, and as a last resort, do everything they possibly can to take the shooter down.

Dairy Queen Clerk Shoots, Kills Sword-Wielding Robber

August 21, 2012
Video surveillance footage has confirmed the account of the clerk of a Las Vegas Dairy Queen, who fatally shot a robbery suspect who threatened him with a samurai-type sword.

Off-Duty Fla. Cop Subdues Salesman's Accused Killer

July 30, 2012
After hearing gunshots, an off-duty Collier County (Fla.) Sheriff's sergeant left her Cape Coral home and apprehended the man charged with fatally shooting a door-to-door seafood salesman.

Home Invader Shot with Korean War Gun

May 9, 2012
Fred Ricciutti, 84, fired a German Luger he used while fighting the Korean War at Raymond Hiles, 25, early Tuesday morning. Hiles was standing in the doorway with a screwdriver and stun gun.

In Defense of George Zimmerman

May 3, 2012
Politicians and law enforcement administrators often credit law enforcement with the safety enjoyed in nicer neighborhoods. We don't deserve the credit. Safe neighborhoods are not made so by quality policing.

Trayvon Martin Shooter Arrested, Faces 2nd-Degree Murder

April 11, 2012
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who claims he shot Trayvon Martin in self-defense, faces a second-degree murder charge, a special prosecutor announced today.

'Stand Your Ground' Law At Center of Fla. Shooting

March 22, 2012
Florida is among 21 states with a "Stand Your Ground Law," which gives people wide latitude to use deadly force rather than retreat during a fight. The Florida law lets police on the scene decide whether they believe the self-defense claim.
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