Understanding the Justified Use of Force Defense (National Overview)

(1500 Ratings)

Produced on: October 04, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

This lecture describes the most common defense to violent crimes – justification, or the legitimate use of force. Historically, American law has favored the use of force in defense of self  or others, to protect dwellings or property, or to effect lawful arrests. At the same time, a long-term trend has demanded that the use of force be deemed objectively reasonable and has tended to shift the burden of establishing justification to the accused. More recently, the rise of second amendment jurisprudence, together with passage of concealed carry and open carry laws have brought the problems of self defense into the forefront, as have highly publicized cases of self defense such as the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin trial.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Review the major differences between jurisdictions as to issues such as burdens of proof, “stand your ground,” the “castle doctrine,” character evidence, and lesser offenses
  2. Understand the problems of presenting justification defenses, including strategy, tactics, instructions, and typical evidentiary issues

Faculty

Stephen Richards

Law Office of Stephen L. Richards

Areas of Practice

• Murder -- Homicide -- Death Penalty Cases

• Serious Felonies

• Drug / Weapons Cases

• Appeals -- Post-Convictions

• Sentencing -- Mitigation

• Civil Rights/1983

• Legal Education

• Legal Ethics

Litigation Percentage

• 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

• Certified Lead Counsel, Capital Litigation Trial Bar, Illinois Supreme Court, 2001

Bar Admissions

• Illinois, 1985

• U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2008

Education

• Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York

   o J.D. - 1983

   o Honors: Order of Barristers, Moot Court

• University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

   o B.A.

   o Honors: With Honors 

   o Major: History

Published Works

• Reasonable Doubt Redux, 34 John Marshall L. Rev. 495, 2001

• The Admissibility of Expert Testimony, American Bar Association, 2003

Representative Cases

• People v. Terry Griggs, 152 Ill.2d 1, 604 N.E.2d 257 (Ill. S. Ct. 1992)

• People v. Arthur King, 154 Ill.2d 217, 608 N.E.2d 877 (Ill. S. Ct. 1993)

Classes/Seminars

• New Ideas for Jury Selection, Illinois Public Defender Association, 2007

• Capital Jury Selection, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal, 2007

Honors and Awards

• Kutak-Dodds Award, Defender Prize, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, 2003

Professional Associations and Memberships

• Illinois Public Defender Association, President, 2006 - 2008

• Illinois Public Defender Association, Board Member, 2000 - Present

Past Employment Positions

• Office of the State Appellate Defender, Deputy Defender, 2000 - 2008

• Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Assistant Public Defender, 1989 - 2000

Reviews

LD
Louis D.

Excellent presentation!

TM
Thomas M.

A good teacher.

CP
Chris P.

Comparison of different approaches by different jurisdictions was interesting.

RL
Richard L.

Great job

AS
anna s.

Very informative!

MG
Michael G.

Presenter was extremely knowledgeable across multiple jurisdictions, relaxed and thorough. Enjoyable presentation. Thanks

HC
Harold C.

Very skilled criminal lawyer

MM
Mark M.

Good anecdotal stories.

VM
Victor M.

Very informative and presented well.

DF
David F.

excellent presenter

JL
Joan L.

Well-presented and informative.

MR
Matthew R.

Another great job. Thank you

TM
Tara M.

Stephen was excellent! Loved how he weaved one story throughout his lecture. Brilliant.

MM
Michael M.

Straight and to the point. Excellent examples.

ER
Edward R.

As a retired Cook County Assistant States Attorney who has done three dozen murder trials, the perspective from the other side was refreshing and hit all the important notes.

JB
Janet B.

Very interesting

JT
Joseph T.

Speaker very knowledgeable

DB
Dwight B.

great

GH
george h.

In my opinion the speaker of this course was well-organized. Thank you.

LT
Larry T.

Stephen is smart and funny.

SS
Susan S.

Great speaker. Terrific topic!

FS
Frederick S.

Very excellent presentation!

SW
Samuel W.

not directly pertinent to my practice, but useful and timely perspectives

BZ
Brian Z.

Well researched.

GW
Gerrell W.

Great use of examples from trial cases.

LB
Louise B.

Good coverage and strategies

MT
Margarita T.

great topic, very interesting

RG
Ruth G.

Very well done, clearly presented.

PS
Patricia S.

Great presenter and course! Captivating!

RS
Ryan S.

Well done!

MF
Mary Ellen F.

Well done !

KP
Katherine P.

very good!

AS
arthur s.

very well presented.. very helpful.

DT
Donna T.

This was the absolute best presentation I have seen since attending CE classes and in 35 years of practice. An experienced and highly articulate attorney with a clear and in depth understanding of the legal issues. Thank you very much Lawline.

JZ
James Z.

Excellent presentation--the speaker made it very understandable in this difficult areas of criminal law which varies from state to state.

JS
John S.

best one so far imo

ML
Miyong L.

I thought this was very interesting and well presented by the lawyer. it's not exactly my field but somewhat related to past experience and also topical.

IS
Idene S.

I really enjoyed this course and the presentation. Thank you.

MO
Michelle O.

Appreciated the "war" stories as examples

RR
Raul R.

Great course.

TO
Tammy O.

Excellent course because the criminal defense attorney used his own experiences, cases, and strategies to demonstrate how the laws were actually applied to the defendant by prosecutors, police interrogators, judges, and juries based on their moral judgments made about both the victim and the defendant.

KV
Karin V.

Nice use of real life examples to illustrate concepts.

JM
John M.

Very informative.

JB
Julie A. B.

Skilled, articulate presenter shares helpful examples.

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