Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web--November 12, 2015

"Fairy Kingdom"--inside the Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes, Germany
While I think it's a good article, you need to realize that the author is just giving you a quick overview of the legal standards for self-defense, and barely scratching the surface at that. Moreover, the legal standards can vary from one jurisdiction to another. Just as an example, in evaluating whether or not there is an imminent, credible threat, and whether you acted reasonably in self-defense, there may be consideration of whether you should have retreated from the threat or danger. Some states do not require you to retreat in the face of any threat (i.e., "stand your ground"); other states may require you to retreat unless it is not possible to do so safely; some states only allow you to "stand your ground" inside your own home; and there was one jurisdiction  (Massachusetts, I believe) that, for a short time, even required you to retreat or evacuate from your own home. So, it is important to learn the laws of your state or local jurisdiction as to self-defense. There are also some very good books on the general principles of use of force law. I would recommend Massad Ayoob's In the Gravest Extreme or The Truth About Self Protection. Remember, your actions are going to be judged in retrospect by a prosecutor/district attorney (who will decide whether to bring charges or seek an indictment from a grand jury), a judge (as to whether you even get to raise self protection as a defense) and a jury (who will determine whether your use of force was justified, including whether you acted reasonably).
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