SUCCESSFUL EXAMPLES OF LEGAL CHALLENGES
Homicide/Self-Defense: My teenaged client came home from school,
got a gun, and sat in a chair waiting for his father to come home
from work. He shot and killed him when he walked in the door. We used
experts to explain why ten years of horrific abuse by the father
against my client, his mother and brother, and the signals of imminent
violence from the father made this a case of self-defense.
Assault "by Tickling": My client approached a co-worker to
chat. She asked him to come back later to talk. He asked if he could
have a kiss, reached forward, and gently touched her side. She said no
and left. The State charged him with assault "by tickling." The trial
court would not dismiss. The jury convicted. But on appeal, we persuaded
the court it was not a crime to touch someone without intending to harm
or offend. The conviction was reversed and dismissed.