Having thus found error, the next question for the Court of Appeals was whether the error could be said to be completely harmless.  If not, a new trial was required as a matter of Texas law.

Given that Rodriguez entire defense was based upon the justification of self-defense, and that self-defense might have been mistakenly thought by the jury to have been lost as a matter of law based upon Rodriguez’s open carry of his pistols at Fornol’s house, the Court of Appeals was obliged to “conclude that conviction was not a foregone conclusion absent the charge error, and that this factor supports reversal.”

And thus Rodriguez won himself a new trial.

via Raul Rodriguez | Stand Your Ground | Texas Court of Appeals.

Those of you will remember this case where the defendant was video-taping his argument and eventual shooting with his neighbor.  I am letting Andrew Branca delve into what happened and why was the decision reversed since he gets the big legal bucks explaining stuff.

I know some think the legal stuff is not “sexy” but we need to understand how things work past pulling the trigger and what kind of manure hurricane one might be involved in after a self-defense shooting. So, pull up your big toddler pants and get yourself instructed.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

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  1. Being a Texas CHL carrier, I’ve read those statutes Andrew sifts through, multiple times for hours probably, to understand all the ifs and buts. It was complicated then, but it took Andrew’s structured breakdown to really drive home how freaking complicated that all is. I should make my own flowchart.

    Yet, if the time comes, flowcharts don’t do any good. I ended up attempting to translate the Texas statutes into simple, easier to understand behavior triggers I can recognize and adhere to under stress. Forming and setting these triggers in my mind seems to take as much continuous practice as training with my firearm. I find that reviewing the statutes occasionally during bio break time is a good way to keep them fresh.

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