Self Defense or Murder??

Question:  What if I come to the rescue of a robbery victim and I chase the attacker to try to get back the victim’s purse.  When I catch-up withself defense him he pulls a gun on me.  Is it okay for me to shoot and kill him?

Is this self defense or murder?

This situation really happened in Minneapolis …

Jury Says “NO” to Byron Smith’s Self Defense

self defenseHere in a small town in Minnesota, Byron Smith was found guilty of murder for killing two young people who broke into his home on Thanksgiving day last year.  He claimed self defense because he has a right to defend himself in his home and use deadly force—even killing someone to protect himself.  It’s sometimes called the Castle

Killing Someone in Your House—OK as Self Defense?

In Minnesota today, a man named Byron Smith is on trial for first degree murder of two young people that he shot and killed in his home.  Will he be found Not Guilty because of Self Defense?

I don’t think so.

Here are the basic facts:  Byron Smith is an elderly man who lives alone in …

Is Oscar Pistorius Innocent??

In Pretoria, South Africa, the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has started.  If you recall, he has been charged with murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.  Because of his extraordinary work as a disabled Olympic athlete and her work as a model, the case has attracted world attention.Colin photo

The facts presented by the media are straight forward.  Mr. Pistorius …

George Zimmerman and Self Defense

colin.nelson.smallfileMany of you are following the murder trial of George Zimmerman in a Florida courtroom.  He is accused of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin during a scuffle in a residential area.  Martin was unarmed and Zimmerman was carrying a pistol.  At  first, it appeared to be an open-and-shut case of murder.

The news media has covered this story …

Trayvon Martin Becomes a Symbol

The sad shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida by George Zimmerman has exploded across the media and country.  As a result, many groups have used this tragedy as a symbol of larger issues that each group seeks to exploit.

1.  “Walking While Black.”  This is close to Driving While Black that many of my African-American friends tell me …

Prosecutor’s Choice

Recently, here in Minneapolis, a man came upon a robbery and chased the attacker.  According to the rescuer, the attacker pulled a gun out at which time the rescuer (who was licensed to carry) shot and killed the attacker.

Last post, I wrote about the law of self-defense in Minnesota.  But if the rescuer didn’t shoot in self-defense, …