Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorScott, Kim Allen
dc.identifier.citationWild West History Association Journal, Volume 9, Number 4 (December 2016), pp. 53-58.en_US
dc.description.abstractAmerican common law differs from its English origins in many ways, but one of the most consequential departures is and acceptance that a person threatened with bodily harm has no duty to retreat. "Stand your ground" laws in many states absolve a person from a responsibility to flee from a perceived threat before responding with deadly force and a mythic interpretation of this concept has become enshrined in motion pictures for more than a century. In the standard cinematic (usually a Western movie or television episode) aftermath of a homicide, witnesses crowd around to insist that the dead man "drew first" and the killer is subsequently dismissed with a nod from the sheriff. However, the actual historical record of nineteenth century America refutes this fantasy of instant absolution for the survivor of a gun duel. Homicides have always been taken seriously by local justice systems, and in even some of the most remote jurisdictions documentation can be found showing at least a formal court hearing on any self-defense plea.en_US
dc.titleNo Duty to Retreat in Pike Countyen_US
mus.citation.journaltitleWild West History Association Journalen_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

MSU uses DSpace software, copyright © 2002-2017  Duraspace. For library collections that are not accessible, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and timely access to users with disabilities. For assistance, please submit an accessibility request for library material.