Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: Man in Immediate Danger of Death or Grievous Bodily Harm


Recent discussions about the “Stand Your Ground” law due to the George Zimmerman law perhaps spurred the memory of  the extremely wise columnist Thomas Sowell in his column Random Thoughts on July 23, 2013, to quote from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, from the case Brown v. United States in 1921:

Many respectable writers agree that if a man reasonably believes that he is in immediate danger of death or grievous bodily harm from his assailant he may stand his ground and that if he kills him he has not exceeded the bounds of lawful self-defense. That has been the decision of this court.”

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Indeed that wisdom still holds true today.  Amazingly enough, even though the facts were grossly misrepresented to the detriment of George Zimmerman, the jury still managed to return a just verdict.

(H/T:  Thomas Sowell/Townhall.com)

 

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