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AJ:
Found this document, thought it was quite interesting and figured I'd share.

http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=6605994745182856001&hl=en&as_sdt=2,37&as_vis=1

Essentially it's another self defense claim that went to appeals. I went searching after hearing a claim that Mr. O'Mara stated that the defense carries the burden of proof for self defense (person refused to cite a source, and they weren't saying it was true - just that he said it).

cboldt:
The burden of proof of justified use of force varies as between an immunity hearing and trial, but it is always the defendant's burden of production and persuasion.

Immunity hearing burden of proof is to defendant, to a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not)

At trial, burden of proof is to the state, to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant had not acted in self-defense

cboldt:
Separately, on reading that appellate opinion, O'Mara of 1996 was sure making some silly arguments.  He lost the case and he lost the appeal, and i don't see anything in the DCA opinion that suggests either the trial court or the DCA made a mistake.  I see a few areas where it looks like O'Mara was wasting time and effort.

AJ:
Document pointed to doesn't say anything about the burden at immunity. I wasn't pointing to the document for that reason. Everything below the url is just back-story regarding how I came across the document, it has nothing to do with the document itself other than the first sentence.

cboldt:

--- Quote from: AJ on May 02, 2013, 12:51:27 AM ---Document pointed to doesn't say anything about the burden at immunity. I wasn't pointing to the document for that reason. Everything below the url is just back-story regarding how I came across the document, it has nothing to do with the document itself other than the first sentence.

--- End quote ---

Right.  But you originally said ,"I went searching after hearing a claim that Mr. O'Mara stated that the defense carries the burden of proof for self defense (person refused to cite a source, and they weren't saying it was true - just that he said it)," which is correct for immunity.  I didn't know if you were citing the appeal, which describes the standard of proof for self defense at trial, as contradictory or even informative as against the claim that sent you searching.  So, I just provided the burdens of production, persuasion and proof for the two contexts that appeared in your OP, immunity by the claim that sent you searching; and trial by the case you linked.

Just curious, when you say "other than the first sentence," are you referring to your "Essentially it's another self defense claim that went to appeals," or to the first sentence in the linked opinion?  Is the only point of the OP to introduce an appeal taken by O'Mara?  Meaning, you find nothing interesting about the appeal, or nothing particular to remark about it.  If so, pardon me for butting into a pointless post.

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