Welcome to Aftermath, a portion of our First Line email newsletter where Attorney Anthony L. DeWitt walks you through a real-life self-defense incident and shares his key takeaways.
Judge Doesn’t Waffle on Stand Your Ground
At an Enterprise, Alabama Waffle House, one customer knocked a veteran with PTSD to the floor, the Southeast Sun reported. Management asked the attacker to leave. When the veteran rose, he asked the clerk to call the police. He then went outside and told his attacker that the police were on the way. The attacker said he had a gun and appeared to reach into his truck. He came at the victim, slamming the veteran’s head against the wall. The veteran then drew his lawfully carried firearm and shot the attacker in the leg. The state charged the veteran with aggravated assault. The judge dismissed the case.
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