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Cops: KKK Members Arrested in Brawl Acted in Self-Defense

5 KKK members released after being attacked by California counter-protesters

(Newser) - A California Ku Klux Klan rally on Saturday ended with three anti-KKK protesters stabbed and five KKK members arrested. But Anaheim cops now say those five have been released after evidence shows they acted in self-defense, the Los Angeles Times reports. "The totality of the evidence, including videos, still... More »

Tourist Killed in Psychedelic Ritual in Peru

Brit allegedly attacked Canadian with a knife, was killed

(Newser) - Phoenix Ayahuasca describes itself as "offering a safe and supportive place to experience plant medicines" near Iquitos, in the Peruvian Amazon. On Wednesday, things went wrong. Witnesses say a British man was killed during a bad trip after consuming a hallucinogenic brew at Phoenix Ayahuasca, which the Independent calls... More »

Cops: Customer Killed Robber Who Had Fake Gun

Charges unlikely, police say

(Newser) - Reginald Gildersleeve walked into a Chicago store Saturday night, wearing a mask, brandished a gun, pointed it at a worker and forced her to the back of the store, and announced his intention to rob the place, police say. That's when another customer, who has a concealed-carry license, confronted... More »

Lawyer: Client Brought Body to Me in Pickup Truck

John Marshall showed up with man he killed in self-defense, Fla. attorney says

(Newser) - In a scenario that seems better suited to an episode of Better Call Saul than a small law firm in southwest Florida, an attorney says one of his clients showed up at his office yesterday afternoon, said he had killed a neighbor, and revealed he had the body in his... More »

Ex-Cop Who Killed Mentally Ill Black Man Not Charged

Christopher Manney shot Dontre Hamilton in self-defense: Milwaukee prosecutor

(Newser) - Christopher Manney, a white Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Dontre Hamilton, a mentally ill black man, won't face criminal charges because he shot Hamilton in self-defense, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm said today. Manney shot 31-year-old Hamilton on April 30 after responding to a call about a... More »

Montana Man's 'Castle Doctrine' Defense Fails Him

Markus Kaarma convicted of deliberate homicide in Diren Dede's death

(Newser) - Just days before he killed a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told a hairstylist he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes. Kaarma hoped to bait an intruder by leaving his garage door partially open and placing a purse inside, Montana prosecutors said. And... More »

Man, 80, Kills Burglar Who Begged for Unborn Child's Life: Cops

''m going to have a baby!' she reportedly pleaded; autopsy shows she wasn't pregnant

(Newser) - An 80-year-old Long Beach, Calif., man says he gunned down burglary suspect Andrea Miller Tuesday night as she pleaded for the life of her unborn child, reports the AP . “She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant, I'm going to have a baby!' And I... More »

Nephew Who Shot Rapper: It Was Self-Defense

He says Benzino had been threatening to kill him

(Newser) - The nephew charged with shooting hip-hop artist and reality TV star Benzino during the rapper's mother's funeral procession on a Boston-area highway acted in self-defense, his lawyer said yesterday. Gai Scott, 36, of Randolph, pleaded not guilty in Plymouth District Court to armed assault with intent to murder.... More »

Woman Who Fired Warning Shot Could Get 60 Years

Marissa Alexander faces triple the original sentence in new trial

(Newser) - Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville woman sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot that injured no one, could now end up serving 60 years instead. Alexander, 33, was initially convicted in 2012 of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; the judge imposed three 20-year-sentences,... More »

Boxer Fights to Protect India's Women— With an App

Mary Kom wants women to feel safe on streets

(Newser) - In a country where sexual violence is widespread and vastly under-reported, Olympic boxer Mary Kom is working to make women feel safe on the streets again. She has launched a smartphone app and text service to give Indian women tips on how to fight off attackers, Wired reports. The five-time... More »

Guy's Shotgun Defense: Joe Biden Said I Could

He is charged after firing gun to chase away people

(Newser) - Call it the Biden defense. A man in Washington state is in legal trouble after he fired his shotgun into the air to scare away people he thought were breaking into his vehicles. His unusual defense? “I did what Joe Biden told me to do,” he tells KOIN... More »

Texan Gets 40 Years for 'Stand Your Ground' Slaying

He filmed himself confronting neighbor over party noise

(Newser) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for what prosecutors described as an attempt to use the state's "stand your ground" law to get away with murder. Raul Rodriguez shot dead his neighbor, a 36-year-old teacher, after going next door to complain about noise... More »

Teen Babysitting His Siblings Shoots Intruder

Cops praise boy, 14; suspect will be booked when he recovers

(Newser) - A Phoenix teenager babysitting his siblings shot and critically wounded a home intruder, police said. The unidentified 14-year-old boy was in charge of his younger siblings, 8, 10, and 12 years old, when first a strange woman, then a man pounded on the door of the home. He raced upstairs... More »

Breivik: Mass Slaughter Was 'Self-Defense'

He smiles, salutes, and cries in court

(Newser) - As his trial began in Oslo today, Anders Behring Breivik told the court that the slaughter of 77 people in Norway was a matter of ... self-defense. "I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty, and I claim I was doing it in self-defense," he said. Upon entering... More »

Can You Get Over Killing a Person?

Zimmerman could suffer nasty symptoms for years

(Newser) - A murder victim suffers the worst possible fate. But what about psychological damage to the killer? Therapists who work with them—be they police officers or possible self-defense gunmen like George Zimmerman—have one piece of advice: Relive the incident slowly in your mind, reports Slate . And when you question... More »

Funeral Director: No Sign of Struggle on Trayvon's Body

And witnesses' tales aren't all jibing with Zimmerman's story

(Newser) - It wasn't a great day for George Zimmerman yesterday, as a series of stories raised fresh doubts about his tale of killing Trayvon Martin in self-defense. First, the funeral director who prepared Martin's body for burial said he observed no signs of a struggle, reports CBS News . Aside... More »

Witness: Zimmerman Straddled Trayvon

...with hands pressed on his back: neighbors

(Newser) - Another day, another completely conflicting witness in the Trayvon Martin killing. This time, a neighbor is rebutting George Zimmerman's claims of self-defense and trying to help Martin after the shooting. Mary Cutcher and her roommate say they went outside after hearing shots fired and spotted Zimmerman on top of... More »

24 States Have 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

Trayvon Martin shooting brings them renewed attention

(Newser) - The shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has brought renewed scrutiny to Florida's "stand your ground" law on self-defense. In many states, a person who feels threatened in a public place is legally obligated to attempt to flee before deadly force can be used. Not so in Florida or,... More »

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