WV: Case Illustrates how Fisticuffs Justify Deadly Force

Mar 7, 2016 | 0 comments

I have explained in previous articles how someone threatening to punch you is a potentially deadly threat. People sometimes have a preconceived notion that a “fist fight” is not a real threat. I suspect that this comes from a carryover of the “code duello” which was fairly common, even into the late 20th century, and is likely still practiced in some locations. In this version of the code, a man is invited to “settle our differences” outside. Bystanders are recruited to assure that the fight is “fair” in that certain rules are followed. …read more