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Tag Archives: self-defense

Criminal Practice – Self-Defense – Stand Your Ground – Jury Instructions – Apartment Complex – Evidence – Victim’s Violence – Motion to Continue – Constitutional

State v. Bass (Lawyers Weekly No. 011-171-17, 44 pp.) (John Tyson, J.) (Wanda Bryant, J., dissenting) Appealed from Wake County Superior Court (Paul Ridgeway, J.) N.C. App. Holding: Even though defendant was not in his home, vehicle or workplace when ...

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Criminal Practice – Self-Defense – Aggressor Instruction – Plain Error

State v. Vaughn Even though defendant was angry that Shawn Pressley had beaten and injured her, she was also concerned for her friend, Latisha Kenney, with whom Pressley was arguing, when defendant got out of the safety of her car, carrying a knife. Pressley charged defendant, and she stabbed him. Since there was no evidence that defendant was the aggressor, the trial court plainly erred when it instructed the jury that self-defense is justified only if the defendant is not the aggressor.

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