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Attempted second degree murder. Jury instructions on Self-defense Stand your ground law

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Oct 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Stand Your Ground law. The trial court erred in instructing jury that defendant had a duty to retreat if he was engaged in unlawful activity while defending himself where conviction occurred in 2012. The version of self-defense statute in effect in 2012 contained no provision that defendant has a duty to retreat if he was engaged in unlawful conduct. Reversed.

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Mr. Rutkowski has been practicing law for the past twenty-five years. Prior to going to law school Mr. Rutkowski served as a deputy sheriff before retiring to attend law school. Upon graduating law school Mr. Rutkowski served as a prosecutor in Florida before going in to private practice and representing clients in three states.


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