Castles are in short supply these days, so the castle doctrine of old English common law gives dwellers of anything from a mansion to a mobile home the right to use deadly force against intruders. But lawmakers are now considering a broad expansion of the law. Under a bill that passed the Senate last month, one's "castle" would also include the workplace and motor vehicles. Scott Broyles, who teaches criminal law at the Charlotte School of Law, said he wasn't too concerned about giving a presumption of fear to the person who used deadly force against an intruder.
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