I have two law degrees — a JD and an LLM. Despite that education….I have a question. There is something I don’t get.
I have also tried lots of cases and many of them have been murder cases.
But in spite of the above, I do not understand the difference between ‘self defense’ and ‘stand your ground.’ I think they are one and the same.
Help me understand. First, this is how I see it:
Self defense by its very definition means you can defend yourself. If you run at me with an ax, I can shoot you. That is self defense. I do not have to run and hope you can’t catch me. As I stand there and shoot you, I am standing my ground.
And note, the danger giving rise to a legal self defense must be ‘imminent’ — and the mere fact that it is ‘imminent’ means you can’t retreat.
Am I missing something? I must be and I fear it is obvious but just escaped me.
Help me understand…