Castle Doctrine in Oakland Used to Protect Property – How One Individual Displayed and Racked His Gun and Sent Potential Vandals Running
This was in California, of all places. The building owner saw that the Occupy Oakland crowd were very near to vandalizing his building, and after seeing and hearing his gun being racked, they went running. Nice.
Read more here.
Castle Doctrine – Mississippi Law Enables Homeowners and Businessowners to Protect Themselves From Criminals
Warren Strain provides some great background on Mississippi’s Castle Doctrine law. Florida was the first state to adopt such a law, and Mississippi followed in 2006. The law was designed to allow the homeowner or businessowner to protect themselves from criminals. Please read it and inform yourself about this important law for Mississippians.
By Warren Strain
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) –
What limits do you, as a home-owner, have to protect your family and property? under Mississippi’s so-called “Castle Doctrine”, you are protected if you shoot and kill an intruder. But there are limits and the question lingers, has the law helped to reduce crime?
Florida was the first state to adopt such a law and Mississippi followed in 2006.
The so-called “Castle Doctrine” is based on Old English common law, which says a person is free to defend their homes and property without criminal or civil consequences.
There have been only a few cases in the tri-county area that are covered under the Justifiable Homicide Amendment that is commonly known as the Castle Doctrine, but it’s not as prevalent as you might think. . . .
Read more on MS Castle Doctrine law here.
Castle Doctrine in Missouri – No Prosecution in Fatal Stabbing
After further investigation, force was justified in fatal stabbing.
Missouri’s “Castle Doctrine” is providing a complete defense to the person who fatally stabbed Walter Scott Claar, 37, during an altercation that took place inside a private Cape Girardeau County residence on July 3.
According to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle, no criminal charges will be filed in connection with Claar’s death. . . .
Read more on Missouri Castle Doctrine here.
Castle Doctrine Wisconsin – Can Homeowners Protect Themselves From Home Invaders?
The Castle Doctrine, as understood historically, allowed homeowners to protect themselves from home invaders, using deadly force if necessary. The Castle Doctrine also protected homeowners from unjust prosecution after they have defended themselves. The current case in Wisconsin deals with just this matter, after an intruder was shot by the homeowner. The District Attorney is considering whether to prosecute the homeowner.
For those interested in protecting the right of self-defense and an individual’s immunity from unjust prosecution when deadly force is used to stop an aggressor who has illegally entered a residence, the Castle Doctrine is a good solution. The term comes right out of English common law and is based on the sovereignty of an individual citizen and the right of private property. As king of his own castle, a man has the inherent right to defend his property, his life, and his family’s lives with deadly force if necessary.
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. . . Let’s not embolden future criminals, but return to the protections that citizens for centuries knew and understood — a man has a right to protect himself and his family without asking questions and without retreating, when threatened. Wisconsin AB 69 and SB 79 would enshrine the Castle Doctrine in Wisconsin State law.
Wisconsin Castle Doctrine
These types of cases are frequent, no doubt, but in 2005 an elderly man in Indiana defended himself in a home invasion. The intruder was killed after breaking through the front door and attacking the man. In this particular case the elderly man wasn’t charged with anything, but his gun was taken as part of the investigation. See below for the links about the story.
Elderly man’s gun was confiscated in 2005
Elderly man uses gun to defend himself, gun is confiscated
“Castle Doctrine” in Ohio – Appeals Court Overturns Earlier Murder Verdict
An Appeals Court has overturned an earlier murder verdict in the case of Carl Kozlosky, a homeowner who last year shot and killed the person who had broken into his home. The details of the case are interesting, and I honestly don’t understand how the original trial court could charge him with murder after reading what had happened.
Read more on Ohio “Castle Doctrine” Decision