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Arizona Legislature OKs New Law To Bolster Self-Defense Plea

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Trying to help a hiker who was sentenced to prison for a fatal shooting, the Arizona Legislature completed action Monday on a bill to explicitly make a 2006 self-defense law apply retroactively to his case and an unknown number of others. The 2006 law shifted the burden of proof in cases when people charged with a crime are claiming self-defense. The new law says prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a self-defense claim was unfounded. The old law made defendants prove that they acted to protect themselves.

Read Original at: Arizona Daily Star

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