“Stand Your Ground” and Self Defense

April 23, 2012

With the controversy over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin and the later arrest of George Zimmerman, there has been a great deal of confusion in the media over what self defense is and how the Stand Your Ground law in Florida and many other States applies. A great deal of totally irrelevant issues are being brought into the matter which confuse something that is really pretty simple.

I am not a lawyer, but I studied Virginia’s Case Law on self defense extensively during the Ryan Frederick trial, so perhaps I can make this a bit more understandable.

Self defense is a natural right, and a legal defense of necessity. Read the rest of this entry »

Formal Sentencing for Ryan Frederick

May 7, 2009

Over the fifteen months since the tragic death of Det. Jarrod Shivers, while serving a search warrant at the home of Ryan Frederick, many questions regarding the means used in obtaining the warrant, the method chosen for serving the warrant and the time allowed for Frederick to respond before forcing entry, have gone unanswered. We were assured those answers would come out at trial, but they did not. On the contrary, all requests for explanations for the serving of warrant is such a confrontational and hazardous manner have been ignored.

So, on February 24th of this year, the Tidewater Libertarian Party asked the Chesapeake City Council for a citizen review of the procedures and policy involved. Read the rest of this entry »

Juror Instructions Masked as Questions in Frederick Case

January 14, 2009

Wavy 10 has posted copies of the Juror Questionnaires requested by the Prosecution and the Defense in the Ryan Frederick case. Read the rest of this entry »

Knock, knock

January 22, 2008

Today, the Chesapeake Police are burying one of their own, by all accounts a brave and dedicated detective who lost his life doing his job as he saw it. But when the mourning is done, it will be time to look at this tragedy and ask some hard questions about the procedures, especially no knock searches, that may have led to this brave man’s death.

Some 36 years ago, I came within seconds of killing a New Orleans Police officer. Read the rest of this entry »