Thursday, November 18, 2021

How a Vaguely Worded Wisconsin Law Could Let Rittenhouse Walk

 If Kyle Rittenhouse is acquitted, it’s going to shock a lot of people. But if you’ve been following the case closely, it will be less of a surprise. This trial — and particularly the judge’s instruction to the jury on the concept of “provocation” — has highlighted a key flaw in the way legislatures have written their laws to describe when a person may kill lawfully in self-defense.

In an era in which more and more Americans are carrying guns and invoking their right to self-defense, these flawed laws are going to continue to lead to controversial verdicts. But lawmakers have the ability to clarify them. Here’s how.

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