A Florida father who beat his 11-year-old son’s alleged molester unconscious before calling 911 told CNN that his son is a hero and that the boy is the only reason the man is alive.
Michael Dunn, 46 is accused of firing at least 10 shots into the red Dodge Durango that the 17-year old Jordan Davis and three other teen boys were riding on the day after Thanksgiving 2012. He is charged with one count of first degree murder, three counts of attempted first-degree murder, and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle. Dunn has pleaded not guilty and maintains that he shot at the teens in self-defense.
Amanda Knox, the American College student who was convicted, then acquitted of the murder of her roommate in Italy. The case kept he behind bars for four years. Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of Killing Meredith Kercher. Part of the controversy over Knox’s trial and conviction was the story line it was not supported by much other than rumors and Knox’s in-prison diary. The 21-year old British exchange student Kercher was found dead, semi-naked with her throat slashed, in the Perugia villa she rented with Knox. Knox has given may tearful interviews in connection with her book tour “Waiting to be Heard”. Italian Supreme Court judges rule that Knox and her former boyfriend Sollecito should stand trial again for the death of Kercher.
A person accused of a violent crime can legitimately claim that the violence was necessary for self-defense. A legitimate self-defense claim legally justifies an acquittal.
A woman residing in San Francisco, who spent more than a year in custody for murdering another woman with a knife at an attack, was released on Tuesday, August 28th. Maria Elena Burgos, 49, was arrested on the March 28th, 2011, 3 months after she had moved to Potrero Terrace apartments along with her daughter. She was repeatedly terrorized and in an act of self-defense committed this murder. She had stabbed Ernestine Herron, 26, in her neck in an act of self-defense. In her nine day long trial, Burgos testified that she had been ragged and bullied at her new apartment by the other residents. Herron had specially targeted her, as she was a newbie and a Latino.
Christopher Ablett, a gang member, was handed a life sentence in a San Francisco federal court after murdering a rival gang member, Mark Guardado, of Hells Angels four years ago.
One commits a hate crime when he or she commits a crime against an individual or individuals who belong to specific social groups that legislators believe deserve and need special protection (e.g., sexual orientation, religious beliefs, ethnic groups, etc.).
Self Defense is a possible defense when a defendant is charged with a violent crime such as:battery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to commit serious bodily injury, manslaughter and murder. The force used in the self defense must be reasonable under the circumstances. For instance if the defendant get's punched in the face, killing the aggressor with a machine gun is too much force and a jury will reject the self defense argument.