Houston Gas Station Shooting: SYG or not? Break it Down with AOJ

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Hungry for another claimed example of a deadly Stand-Your-Ground defensive encounter, the mainstream media has seized upon the gas-station shooting death of a black man by a rifle-armed woman, also black, this past Sunday in Houston. Video of the encounter was captured by the gas station's security cameras, both inside the enclosed portion of the station, where it seems the encounter began, and out by the pumps where the encounter turned deadly.

So, was this a Stand-Your-Ground case of self-defense? Click over to Legal Insurrection to read my detailed analysis. The post also includes discussion of the AOJ triad for determining an imminent threat. Finally, it touches on the legal doctrines of consciousness of guilt and consciousness of innocence and their vital importance to your ability to craft a compelling narrative of innocence and stay out of jail following a defensive use of force:

Houston Gas Station Shooting: SYG or not? Break it Down with AOJ

--Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, #LOSD2


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Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition" now available at www.lawofselfdefense.com and also at Amazon.com as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version.

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