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Trial of Officer Who Shot Innocent After Mistakenly Entering His Apartment Thinking It Was Her Own Places Unique Interpretation of Castle Doctrine in Question

By Phillip J. Murphy |

The trial of Amber Guyger–the police officer who shot and killed an innocent man (Botham Jean) after mistakenly entering his apartment, thinking it was her own and that he was an intruder–has garnered national headlines in October. While there have been a number of ‘stand your ground’- (or self-defense) related homicide trials around the… Read More »


“When Does Self-Defense Become Criminal?”

By Phillip J. Murphy |

On January 17th, the Argus Leader featured an interesting story on one man who now faces more than decade in prison for what some would label self-defense. In this particular case, two men involved were engaged in a fight in a public parking lot, when one of the men allegedly reached into his truck… Read More »

What is Self-Defense?

By Phillip J. Murphy |

If you have ever looked up self-defense on the Internet, you will see numerous classes offered in Rockland County alone. When you think of self-defense classes, you might imagine someone wearing a padded suit, approaching another person in a slow and calculated manner. The “attacker” takes aim at the “victim” who then asserts their… Read More »

The Use of Force and Self-Protection

By Phillip J. Murphy |

Soon, thousands of people across the country will become the involuntary subject of a dangerous encounter. Some victims are unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time while others are victims of pre-planned attacks such as home invasions, robberies, and kidnappings. Being able to protect yourself is sometimes the difference between life and… Read More »

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