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  • Drejka Case Analysis: When the ‘Tueller Drill’ 21-Foot Defense is Defined Out of Existence

    09/02/2019 5:54:51 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 34 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 2, 2019 | Andrew Branca
    A mischaracterization of the Tueller Drill — the so-called 21 foot rule — deprived Michael Drejka of a potentially effective defense. On Friday, August 23 , 2019, a Florida jury convicted Michael Drejka, the handicap parking spot shooter who killed Markeis McGlockton, of manslaughter. As a result, at his September 10 sentencing hearing the 48-year-old Drejka will likely be sentenced to a mandatory minimum of 25 years to life in prison, without possibility of early release. My problem with this outcome has nothing to do with the fact that Michael Drejka was found guilty—maybe he was guilty. My problem with...
  • State of Florida vs Curtis Reeves [ex-cop theater shooter]

    09/01/2019 2:24:14 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 51 replies
    Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller, Florida ^ | 7/31/2019 (rolling updates) | Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, Esq.
    In the interest of public access to court records and with the approval of Chief Judge J. Thomas McGrady and Circuit Judge Pat Siracusa, Nikki Alvarez-Sowles, Esq., Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller, this website was developed and will be maintained to provide electronic access to court records in State of Florida vs. Curtis J. Reeves. This site will be updated by 3:00 p.m. daily.... [This is the case of the "theater shooter" who killed a man after arging about cellphone use in a movie theater. Young veteran dad threw popcorn, old retired cop shot him to death in front of...
  • Florida Man Who Fatally Shot Black Man During Parking Dispute Found Guilty

    08/26/2019 3:49:09 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 104 replies
    Huffpost ^ | 8/26/19 | Hayley Miller
    A white man who cited Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law after fatally shooting a Black man during a dispute over a parking space last year has been convicted of manslaughter. Jurors in Clearwater, located roughly 25 miles west of Tampa, deliberated for six hours on Friday before announcing their verdict against Michael Drejka, 49, in the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton, reported the Tampa Bay Times. Drejka’s attorneys reportedly plan to appeal the verdict after their client’s sentencing hearing, which has been scheduled for Oct. 10. He faces up to 30 years in prison. The shooting occurred after McGlockton,...
  • Another California Stand Your Ground Victory

    08/15/2019 11:37:57 AM PDT · by Talkwire · 12 replies
    Tully & Weiss Attorneys at Law ^ | August 15, 2019 | Joseph Tully
    Not Guilty! Self-defense: The Sergeant Stood Her Ground Woman with gun self defenseAnother California Stand Your Ground Victory. This week criminal defense attorney Joseph Tully successfully defended another self-defense “Stand Your Ground” client in California at the Contra Costa Courthouse in Martinez, just two blocks from the Tully Weiss office. This new case involved a African-American woman we will refer to as “Sergeant Tara”, an Army Veteran of four tours and an active reservist who used her personal side arm to defend herself against a deadly attack. California Stand Your Ground
  • Judge Denies Sheriff Testimony, Says No to Special Prosecutor in Drejka Case

    08/13/2019 1:10:06 PM PDT · by spacejunkie2001 · 6 replies
    bay9news ^ | 8/2/19 | Sandra Weathers
    INELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – There was a lengthy hearing Friday afternoon for the case where Michael Drejka is charged with manslaughter for the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton. Pretrial hearing for Michael Drejka Drejka is accused of shooting, killing Markeis McGlockton Judge denies Sheriff's testimony PREVIOUS: Markeis McGlockton Shooting: 1 Year Later In that hearing a judge made some major decisions about the upcoming trial. One of the main things discussed in the hearing was the decision to not appoint a special prosecutor to this case like Drejka’s defense argued for. The defense accused the prosecution of race baiting, buckling...
  • In first test of 'stand your ground' law, Natrona County judge dismisses murder case (WY)

    02/01/2019 6:53:24 PM PST · by aimhigh · 12 replies
    Casper Star Tribune ^ | 02/01/2019 | Josh Galemore
    In the first judicial test of Wyoming’s new “stand your ground” law, a Natrona County judge on Friday dismissed a first-degree murder case, but implored prosecutors to appeal to the state’s highest court. Judge Catherine Wilking handed down the ruling following a two-and-a-half-hour hearing, the bulk of which she ruled was required by the new law. . . . . John shot Willow nine times with an AR-15, Stedellie said, after exchanging cell phone messages with a woman who had dated John before taking up again with Willow. Multiple rounds hit Willow in the back, the detective said, and John...
  • ‘Stand your ground’: Boynton brawl leads to gunshot, but no charges

    01/05/2019 4:16:26 PM PST · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 1/2/2019 | Daphne Duret
    On an afternoon in October, as he lay outside his father’s Boynton Beach towing company gasping for air, Charles Cook III told his family he was going to die. “They were like ‘no you’ll be OK, you were just shot in the arm’ but I could feel it in my chest,” he said. “I kept saying ‘I can’t breathe’ and then it all went black.” Moments earlier, Cook III, his father and at least two other employees of Big City Towing had been in a bare-knuckled brawl with workers from a nearby tool company — the results of boiled-over tensions...
  • Pinellas detective in Drejka case arrested after showing up drunk at shooting scene, deputies say

    01/06/2019 6:21:06 AM PST · by spacejunkie2001 · 16 replies
    A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office homicide detective who has played a leading role in the case against parking-lot shooter Michael Drejka was arrested and fired after he showed up drunk to a death investigation scene, deputies said. George D. Moffett Jr., 48, was off-duty before he responded about 10:30 p.m. Thursday from his home in Riverview to a fatal shooting at 10610 Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg, according to the Sheriff’s Office. After he got out of his unmarked agency car, deputies noticed he smelled like alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was slurring his speech, the Sheriff’s Office said.
  • Betrayal: Gov. Kasich Announces He Will Veto Heartbeat Bill and Stand Your Ground Measure

    11/20/2018 3:26:19 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 50 replies
    PJ Media ^ | NOVEMBER 19, 2018 | PAULA BOLYARD
    Oh, John Kasich, how many times you have betrayed your party, your state, and your country — so many that we've lost count. The most recent entry to the list is the Ohio governor's announcement that he will veto two bills that are near and dear to the hearts of conservatives who propelled him to victory in 2010 and 2014: The aptly named "heartbeat bill" and "stand your ground" legislation. Kasich told reporters outside his office Monday that he opposes both bills. If Kasich follows through with the veto threat, this will be the second time in two years he's...
  • Florida city commissioner charged with second degree murder in fatal shooting of shoplifter

    10/20/2018 11:22:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 82 replies
    nbc ^ | Oct. 20, 2018 / 6:46 AM ‎PDT | by Erik Ortiz /
    The Oct. 3 shooting was captured on store surveillance and showed Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn firing at Christobal Lopez, 50, at the front door of Dunn's Vets Army & Navy Surplus. Dunn could be seen grabbing Lopez, an agricultural laborer, as he tried to leave, then firing a semiautomatic Glock at him. Lopez was holding a hatchet in his right hand that belonged to the store, police said, but wasn't seen in the video physically threatening Dunn.
  • Police release video showing Lakeland city commissioner firing shot that killed shoplifting suspect

    10/16/2018 10:35:27 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 26 replies
    WFLA ^ | 10 16 20108 | Mark Douglas
    Lakeland police have released surveillance video showing a city commissioner shoot a man who was trying to steal a hatchet from his military surplus store. The video has been edited for this story and does not show the fatal shot being fired. Police are investigating the deadly shooting. The shooting happened Oct. 3 at the Vets Army Navy Surplus which is owned by Dunn. The video shows the city commissioner trying to detain Lopez with his left hand and then shoots him with a semi-automatic Glock handgun in his right hand as Lopez tried to make a break. Lopez has...
  • Uber driver shoots, kills Winter Haven man in ‘classic ‘stand your ground’ case’ (Florida)

    08/30/2018 5:50:30 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 35 replies
    The Ledger ^ | 29 Aug 18 | Mike Ferguson
    The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said an Uber driver was justified in his fatal shooting of a Winter Haven man in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, calling it a “classic ‘stand your ground’ case.” WINTER HAVEN — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said an Uber driver was justified for fatally shooting a Winter Haven man in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Jason Boek, 34, was shot once by Robert Westlake, 38, of Lake Wales, about 2:20 a.m. after Boek followed Westlake’s Hyundai Elantra from Grove Lounge on U.S. 27 in Dundee to Carl Floyd Road in unincorporated Polk...
  • Drejka/McGlockton press conference

    holding a live press conf now. NAACP didn't show up. Sheriff is defending his position not to arrest. Said it's still winding it's way through the process. Drejka said nothing threatening to the woman in the car and no words were exchanged between McGlockton & Drejka. They viewed and reviewed the video and he stands his own ground on the decision not to arrest. Not a lot of other info about details (ie was McGlockton armed, etc)
  • Trayvon Martin family attorney to speak out against 'stand your ground' law

    07/26/2018 7:29:55 AM PDT · by rarestia · 52 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | July 26, 2018 @6:11 AM | Jason Lanning
    The attorney who represents Trayvon Martin's family is expected to hold a news conference on what he calls a discriminatory "stand your ground" law following the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton at a Circle A Food store last week. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the state attorney are expected to make a decision in this stand your ground case as a memorial for McGlockton is continuing to grow outside the store where he was shot. His family held a big press conference two days ago asking prosecutors to charge the man who shot him, Michael Drejka, with murder. And...
  • (Florida) ‘Stand your ground’ law protects shooter in deadly fight over parking space: sheriff

    07/21/2018 10:33:56 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 311 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 20, 2018 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    An argument over a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store in Florida led to a fatal shooting and the man who pulled the trigger won’t be arrested under the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, authorities said. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters during a Friday press conference that Thursday’s shooting death of Markeis McGlockton, a 28-year-old father of three, is “within the bookends of stand your ground and within the bookends of force being justified,” the Tampa Bay Times reports. “I’m not saying I agree with it, but I don’t make that call,” Gualtieri told reporters, adding...
  • Sheriff Bob Gualtieri: Clearwater shooting fits 'Stand Your Ground'

    07/20/2018 4:32:51 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 54 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | July 20, 2018 @5:40 PM | Holly Gregory  | 
    Ali Salous, the owner of the Circle A convenience store, told us Drejka has caused problems at his store before. "This guy -- he did this before," Salous said. "He always hangs out in the parking lot and if he sees someone parking, he just wants to start trouble with people." Gualtieri, however, maintained that Drejka's history didn't matter when it comes to making an arrest. All that matters, according to the sheriff, are the facts of this brief confrontation caught on tape. "He might well be a thorn in people's side. He might be a jerk," Gualtieri explained. "He...
  • Pharmacist who claimed self-defense seeks sentence reduction

    04/19/2018 12:14:32 PM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 53 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2018 | Tim Talley
    A former Oklahoma pharmacist is seeking a reduction of the life prison sentence he received for shooting a teenage would-be robber to death nine years ago, but legal experts say actions that many consider vigilantism leave little chance the request will be granted.
  • ID: Stand Your Ground Bill Clarifies Law

    04/13/2018 1:05:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Idaho bill SB 1313 was enacted into law. It became law without Governor Otter's signature when he failed to veto it. The new law will take effect on 1 July, 2018.  The law qualifies as a "stand your ground" law, consistent with the law in 70% of the states. The law made relatively minor adjustments in the law of self defense in Idaho. It clarified when homicide was justifiable, adding places of business and conveyances as places with the current protections for habitations. In Idaho, the law already defined as justifiable, homicide done to...
  • Alabama House Passes Broadened ‘Stand Your Ground’ After Florida School Shooting

    02/16/2018 3:58:15 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2-16-2018
    The Alabama House of Representatives voted 40-16 to expand “Stand Your Ground” the day after the Florida school shooting occurred. The vote was to broaden the statute to allow defense of life in churches. It was presented as part of an overarching goal of removing weak spots in current law so that citizens can defend themselves when an attacker strikes. The Seattle Times quoted state Rep. Lynn Greer (R-Rogersville), saying, “You got nuts everywhere just like you had in the high school in Florida yesterday. Occasionally, they show up in a church.” Democrats opposed the vote to expand Stand Your...
  • Controversial Florida Judge Claims Legislature does not Have Power to Make "Stand Your Ground" Law

    07/12/2017 2:24:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 July, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    Controversial Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch, intensely dislikes the "Stand Your Ground" concept. He ruled the legislature does not have to power to regulate the "Stand Your Ground" law. The Florida legislature passed a reinforced "Stand Your Ground" law in 2017.  The new law stems from prosecutorial abuses, where people who are clearly justified in using force for self defense, are put through the criminal justice system, even though the chance of a conviction in the courts is slim.  People charged with a crime faced years of court costs and uncertainty.  It is punishment by process. The legislature removed...