“Road Rage” Murder Trial Delayed to July

Hey folks,

The “road rage” murder trial of NJ Detective Joseph Lamont Walker, charged with first degree murder for the road-side shooting death of Joseph Dean Harvey, Jr., originally scheduled to begin today, has been pushed back two months until Monday, July 21, 2014.  Jury selection is now scheduled to begin on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Legal Insurrection has previously covered this case extensively, including at the links below.  We’re also preparing a comprehensive overview of Maryland laws governing self-defense and defense of others to provide a robust and common foundation for discussion of the case as the trial proceeds.

As it happens, Maryland is among the minority of states that has effectively no self-defense statutes,.  Instead, the laws governing use of force reside entirely in court decisions.  This makes accessing MD self-defense law rather difficult for non-lawyers, a difficulty we will try to address with our MD self-defense law overview.

To read the whole post, head over to Legal Insurrection:

“Road Rage” Murder Trial Delayed to July

FYI, for those of you near Charlotte, NC, don’t forget I have “Law of Self Defense Seminar” taking place there this coming Saturday, June 21. The following weekend I’m back at the Sig Sauer Academy, where I’m a Guest Instructor, holding a “Law of Self Defense Seminar” on Sunday, June 29.

Also, if you haven’t yet heard about the newly launched Law of Self Defense Videocasts and Podcasts available on iTunes, Stitcher, and RSS, be sure to check them out, too.

–-Andrew, @LawSelfDefense


Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and the author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition,” available at the Law of Self Defense blog and Amazon.com (paperback and Kindle). He holds many state-specific Law of Self Defense Seminars around the country, and produces a series of Law of Self Defense Videocasts and Podcasts available on iTunes, Stitcher, and RSS).

About the Author

Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

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