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From Manassas To Awareness

Deadly Is As Deadly Does

In Manassas, Virginia, a recent knife attack has starkly highlighted the swift and lethal nature of such incidents, drawing urgent attention to the broader dangers of knife violence. This tragic event serves as a grim reminder that the speed at which a knife attack can unfold often leaves little time for victims or bystanders to react, making them especially dangerous. Despite the common misconception

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One Wrong Turn Led To Another

Exploring the Monahan Shooting in a Virginia context

In a tragic incident on the night of April 15, 2023, a New York man was found guilty of fatally shooting a 20-year-old woman who was a passenger in a friend’s car. The events unfolded in rural Hebron, New York when Kaylin Gillis and her companions inadvertently turned into the driveway of 65-year-old Kevin Monahan while searching for a friend’s house.

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In The Shoes Of Another

The road to the “Reasonable Person”

The “Reasonable Person” is a foundational concept in legal jurisprudence. It refers to a benchmark to assess a person’s behavior or actions in various legal contexts. This standard represents an idealized, rational individual who exercises ordinary care, prudence, and judgment in similar circumstances. It helps determine whether a party’s conduct meets the expected level of care, establishing a baseline.

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Striking a balance

Understanding Proportionality in Self-Defense

Proportionality in the context of self-defense refers to the principle that the force used in defense should not exceed what is reasonably necessary to prevent harm or secure safety. The core idea is that any defensive action taken should be commensurate with the severity of the threat faced. For instance, if an individual is threatened with non-lethal force, responding with lethal force may be considered disproportionate and, therefore, unjustifiable.

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