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    Attorney for Road Rage Cop Argues Defense of Self, Family in Opening Statement

    Attorney for Road Rage Cop Argues Defense of Self, Family in Opening Statement

    Judge today also imposes gag order on the attorney in trial of Joseph Walker in the killing of Joseph Harmey Jr.

    Today marked the start of the case in chief of Joseph Walker, the New Jersey police officer charged with first degree murder by the state of Maryland in the road-side shooting of Maryland native Joseph Harvey.

    There is no television coverage of the trial itself, and the lawyers have been issued gag orders by the trial judge, so I’m afraid there’s not much of substance to convey.

    News reports do disclose that the Walker legal defense is one of self-defense and defense of others, but of course we already knew that.

    News coverage so far consists mostly of various New Jersey police organizations expressing “support” for Walker, and members of Harvey’s family observing that Walker could easily have avoided the necessity of deadly force.

    Here’s a couple of minutes of TV reporting from a local news channel, WJZ:

    –-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

    Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog (autographed copies available) and (paperback and Kindle). He holds many state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars around the country, and produces free online self-defense law educational video- and podcasts at the Law of Self Defense University.


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    Richard Aubrey | July 25, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Twanger. I mostly agree, but the prosecution will need to extend the threat substantially beyond/before the last six feet, including the road rage issue. If it’s only six feet, W has no retreat.
    IOW, there may be some people on the jury who are glad H got what was coming to him, finally.
    It would be interesting to hear arguments from the prosecution that the late lamented deceased was a bloody-minded thug–who, implicitly, improved the world by his leaving of it.
    The defense might want to promote your view.

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