02 August 2021

Self-defense Is Legal in Arizona

And both DAs, and relatives of dead people don't like that. AZ road-rage incident kills one, cops say. No charges for shooter

Rivera was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and then booked at the Pima County Jail. A day later, police said, Vega died from the gunshot wound. Rivera was then charged with manslaughter, according to KVOA News 4 Tucson.

However, those charges have since been dropped.

Arizona law places the burden of proof on the DA. (Innocent until proven guilty - a concept the DA does not appear to like.) The DA apparently wasn't happy, and the family of the dead guy is also not happy.

So after (apparently) trying to figure out, since March, how to overcome this burden and charge this guy with murder, or manslaughter, the DA has admitted defeat that self-defense is a thing, and dropped all charges.

Now I don't know what actually happened in this case, but I really don't see what took the DA from March until the end of July to make this determination. The police investigation was done, probably months ago.

The gathered evidence pointed in Rivera’s favor.

“Every lead prosecutor who reviewed the evidence reached the same decision that Rivera cannot be charged in the fatal shooting of Rudy Vega,” the release said.

So apparently multiple people tried to figure out how to get around the evidence, and the law, and charge this guy. Why? Because prosecutors HATE self-defense.

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