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Old 10-29-2012, 01:24 AM   #20
Lyle Laizure
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Re: 83 year old aikido black belt repels home invader.

Mary Malmros wrote: View Post
Disclaimer: IANAL, but I dated one who specialized in this, so I got an earful on more than one occasion. This is called the "duty to retreat", and while it is generally true that in most situations you have a duty to retreat if you can and if a reasonable person, placed in your situation, would not feel threatened. There are numerous exceptions, however. For example, since we're making generalizations, it's generally not the case that you have a duty to retreat within your own home, if your attacker does not also live there.

(btw, it's "imminent")
Thank you Mary, this illustrates my point exactly. The laws are unknown to most civillians and for a lot of civilians while they think they "know" the law they will misinterpret the law thinking they are justified when in fact they are not.

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