Could an employee be fired by his employer for actions he claimed were done in self-defense? In Leeds v. BAE Systems, No. 2012-599 (November 5, 2013), the New Hampshire Supreme Court found that he could where the employee’s...more
Out for a sunny ride on a lazy Sunday afternoon Izzy Skeerd and his family suddenly found themselves surrounded by motorcycles in front, behind and on either side of their sport utility vehicle. One motorcyclist was wearing a...more
George Zimmerman’s criminal prosecution in Ohio might have proceeded very differently than prosecution on the same charges in Florida. The two states have very different burdens of proof regarding self-defense. Had Zimmerman...more
The Trevon Martin shooting case made Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law a topic of national interest. “Stand Your Ground” provides that a person threatened with death or great bodily harm need not retreat from an assailant...more
This past May, Robby Charles Blount was shot and killed in the small town of Marshville, near Charlotte, after breaking into a house wearing a mask and armed with a handgun. The Union County Sheriff’s Office reported that Mr....more
Arrests often follow a chase, a struggle or even a fight and may require force to subdue a suspect....more
As an Arizona criminal defense attorney in Mesa, I have found it interesting how the George Zimmerman trial has created a national debate about the wisdom of so-called "stand your ground" laws. Many states have enacted such...more
Since 2008, Ohioans have had expanded rights to self-defense under a group of laws known as the Castle Doctrine....more
Late last month, the Supreme Court of Alaska affirmed the lower court’s decision in favor of an insurance company that denied coverage to insured, Kent Bearden, for liability in a civil suit filed by the victim of his...more
Back in Biblical times, a certain highly regarded figure put forth the proposition that when confronted by an evil-doer, the right thing to do was not to resist, but to turn the other cheek. Until recently, the law of Ohio...more
Everyone knows generally what self defense is. We should be able to defend ourselves against an attack. And if that means deadly force, so be it. After all, if it’s them or me, I’d rather it be them. But not everyone really...more
Everyone knows that we can use self defense in this country. We should be allowed, and we are allowed, to refute an attack with the appropriate force. Part One gave a real life scenario about self defense. Here let’s talk...more
An Orange County man who was confronted by a group of female bounty hunters in a restaurant last month is accusing the women of injuring him and putting others in danger in an encounter they posted on the Internet.
So, we learned some theory and some law in parts 1 & 2. (I know, you probably didn’t read them. Even if you did, you forgot. It’s ok to go back and take a look.)
Now let’s consider a real scenario. It turns out the...more
Misconceptions abound about the controversial Stand Your Ground law in Florida — and the national publicity surrounding the tragic Trayvon Martin case — have only confused matters further.