Shot in the Dark

TitleShot in the Dark
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Skipper, RB
Date Published12/2014
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
AbstractAs of July 2013, over half of U.S. States have a Castle Doctrine statute, which allows the use of deadly force in self- defense or to protect one’s property or prevent home invasion. A fundamental principle of the Castle Doctrine is exemption of the home dweller from the duty to retreat. Duty to retreat requires persons threatened with harm to avoid using lethal force by removing themselves, if possible, from the threat. Supporters of the law believe that this kinds of rules protect innocent people who use deadly force to protect their home or loved ones. Opponents of these rules assert that such laws allow killers to go unpunished.
NotesCase from the 2015 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Competition © Peggy Connolly, Ruth Ann Althaus, Robert Boyd Skipper 2014