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    Justifiable Homicide

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    Is there ever a case where justifiable homicide is a viable defense? Can you give a scenario example of your reasons?

    ETA: To clarify, I do NOT mean cases of self defense. That is a whole different defense.
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    Could a defense situation be an example? Because that's the only one I could think of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by i*Rawr View Post
    Could a defense situation be an example? Because that's the only one I could think of.
    As in self defense?
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    Only when another person's life is in immediate danger. I really do mean only and I really do mean immediate. As soon as the threat has stopped (i.e., by retreating from the area, or subduing the attacker), then there is no more immediate danger.

    And as this topic is closely tied (in my mind) to the death penalty, I'll also leave this one alone, so that it will remain civil.
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    self defense or if it involved saving one of my kids or dh
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    I liked how they put it.

    http://www.criminal-law-lawyer-sourc...stifiable.html

    Justifiable homicide can also involve one person killing another for the purpose of self defense. If a person reasonably believes that s/he is in imminent danger of losing their life or suffering great bodily injury at the hands of another person, any self defense that results in death may be considered justifiable homicide. Usually for self defense to be considered justifiable homicide, there is a general duty to retreat if it is possible to do so (with the exception of the state of Louisiana where there is no duty to retreat). A duty to retreat may not be necessary if the justifiable homicide took place in the defendant's home or place of business.

    Justifiable homicide can also be committed to protect someone else, particularly one's family members or sometimes in defense of a residence. Some state laws provide that homicide is justifiable when person who is lawfully in a home, place of business, or motor vehicle reasonably believes that the other person is attempting to make, or is making an unlawful entry into that place. It is justifiable homicide if the person believes that deadly force is necessary to prevent the intruder's entry or compel the intruder to leave. The duty to retreat may or may not apply in these cases.
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    IMO I believe in self-defense or to protect another person from death. That's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldilockz View Post
    As in self defense?
    Yeah, other than that, I don't think it could be used.


    Just read your update; no I don't think so, but I could be wrong.
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    If someone was to break into my house and have a weapon them, they would not be leaving alive to tell about it.
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    Rationally, it's only justified in the face of imminent danger to myself or others. Emotionally, you (general) cause grave harm to my child and you'd better get a body guard who is willing to take a bullet for you. I cannot guarantee that my actions will remain rational.
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