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Off-Duty Cop Road Rage Murder Trial – next big self-defense case

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Off-Duty Cop Road Rage Murder Trial – next big self-defense case

The shooter was black and the victim white, but there’s a big legal difference from Zimmerman and Dunn: In Maryland there is a legal duty to retreat.
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Race has been a major element in many of the more prominent self-defense cases we’ve covered in recent months.

Both the George Zimmerman and Michael Dunn cases involved a white man shooting and killing a black teen, with both arguing the shootings were justified self-defense (Zimmerman successfully, Dunn temporarily so).

The Marissa Alexander case involved a black woman shooting at a black man and his two black children, but the severity of her 20-year prison sentence was attributed by many to her minority race (especially in the aftermath of the Zimmerman acquittal).

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