Self Defense Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

Valjean, a poor farmer, borrows some money from a local bank to help make ends meet. Unfortunately, due to a drought, Valjean's next three harvests fail and he is unable to repay the loan. One morning an agent of the bank comes to Valjean's door armed with a baseball bat. The agent taps Valjean lightly on the knee with the bat and tells him that if he does not repay the loan in three days, the agent will come back and break Valjean's legs. In response, Valjean punches the agent in the face, wrestles the bat away from him and proceeds to beat the agent up with his fists. Valjean then calls a cab, drags the unconscious agent into the back of the cab and orders the cab driver to leave the agent in front of the bank. When the bank manager sees what has happened to his agent, he immediately calls the police. Valjean is arrested and charged with assault. If he tries to mount a self defense claim, he will probably be:
Choice 1 Acquitted, because the agent threatened him with bodily harm
Choice 2 Acquitted, because the agent was armed when he confronted Valjean
Choice 3 Convicted, because the threat was not of imminent harm
Choice 4 Convicted, because he used excessive force
Valjean, a poor farmer, borrows some money from a local bank to help make ends meet. Unfortunately, due to a drought, Valjean's next three harvests fail and he is unable to repay the loan. One morning an agent of the bank comes to Valjean's door armed with an unloaded gun. The agent points the gun at Valjean and tells him that he has five minutes to get the money together to repay the loan or else there will be trouble. Valjean, who always keeps a knife on him, swiftly stabs the agent, who crumples to the floor dead. Valjean then calls a cab, drags the dead agent into the back of the cab and orders the cab driver to leave the agent in front of the bank. When the bank manager sees what has happened to his agent, he immediately calls the police. Valjean is arrested and charged with murder. If he tries to mount a self defense claim, he will probably be:
Choice 1 Acquitted, because the agent threatened him with bodily harm
Choice 2 Acquitted, because the agent threatened Valjean with what appeared to be imminent deadly force.
Choice 3 Convicted, because the threat was not of imminent harm
Choice 4 Convicted, because he used excessive force
Valjean is convicted of murder in the stabbing death of a bank agent and he is sentenced to death. Fifteen years later, after his appeals have been exhausted, the day of Valjean's execution arrives. Three guards are leading him to the execution chamber. At the entrance of the execution chamber, Valjean manages to break free of his constraints. He is forced to kill one of the guards who is trying to block his path out of the room but he makes a run for it and actually manages to escape from the prison. Valjean is caught a few days later and tried for killing the guard. Valjean claims self defense, arguing that he was about to be executed and he needed to kill the guard in order to escape. He will probably be:
Choice 1 Convicted, because the deadly force he was being threatened with was lawful
Choice 2 Convicted, because he killed a prison guard
Choice 3 Acquitted, because he was being threatened with imminent deadly force
Choice 4 Acquitted, because the death penalty should be abolished
Valjean, a poor farmer, borrows some money from a local bank to help make ends meet. Unfortunately, due to a drought, Valjean’s next three harvests fail and he is unable to repay the loan. One morning an agent of the bank comes to Valjean while he is in one of his fields. The agent points a gun at Valjean and tells him that he has five minutes to get the money together to repay the loan or else there will be trouble. Valjean, who always keeps a knife on him, swiftly stabs the agent, who crumples to the floor dead. Valjean is arrested and charged with murder. Valjean mounts a self defense claim to try to avoid a conviction. If it would have been possible for Valjean to safely retreat instead of killing the agent and Valjean is being tried in a jurisdiction that follows the common law, he will be convicted even though he was being threatened with imminent deadly force :
True
False
Valjean, a poor farmer, borrows some money from a local bank to help make ends meet. Unfortunately, due to a drought, Valjean’s next three harvests fail and he is unable to repay the loan. One morning an agent of the bank comes to Valjean while he is in one of his fields. The agent points a gun at Valjean and tells him that he has five minutes to get the money together to repay the loan or else there will be trouble. Valjean, who always keeps a knife on him, swiftly stabs the agent, who crumples to the floor dead. Valjean is arrested and charged with murder. Valjean mounts a self defense claim to try to avoid a conviction. If it would have been possible for Valjean to safely retreat instead of killing the agent and Valjean is being tried in a jurisdiction that follows the modern law, he will be convicted even though he was being threatened with imminent deadly force :
True
False
Valjean, a poor farmer, borrows some money from a local bank to help make ends meet. Unfortunately, due to a drought, Valjean’s next three harvests fail and he is unable to repay the loan. One morning an agent of the bank confronts Valjean while they are in the kitchen of Valjean’s farmhouse. The agent points a gun at Valjean and tells him that he has five minutes to get the money together to repay the loan or else there will be trouble. Valjean, who always keeps a knife on him, swiftly stabs the agent, who crumples to the floor dead. Valjean is arrested and charged with murder. Valjean mounts a self defense claim to try to avoid a conviction. If it would have been possible for Valjean to safely retreat instead of killing the agent and Valjean is being tried in a jurisdiction that follows the common law, he will be convicted even though he was being threatened with imminent deadly force:
True
False
Valjean, a poor farmer, borrows some money from a local bank to help make ends meet. Unfortunately, due to a drought, Valjean’s next three harvests fail and he is unable to repay the loan. One morning an agent of the bank confronts Valjean while they are in the kitchen of Valjean’s farmhouse. The agent slips on a pair of brass knuckles and tells Valjean that if the loan is not repaid in the next ten minutes, he will have to teach him a lesson about missing payment deadlines. Valjean reaches for the ax he keeps near his wood burning stove and begins to swing it at the Agent. In response, the agent pulls out the gun he always carries around and shoots Valjean. The agent is arrested and charged with murder. If he raises self defense to try to avoid a conviction, he will probably be:
Choice 1 Convicted, because he was the aggressor
Choice 2 Convicted, because he was in Valjean’s home
Choice 3 Acquitted, because he was entitled to collect the loan
Choice 4 Acquitted, because he threatened to use non-deadly force and Valjean responded with deadly force.
Valjean, a poor farmer, borrows some money from a local bank to help make ends meet. Unfortunately, due to a drought, Valjean’s next three harvests fail and he is unable to repay the loan. One morning an agent of the bank confronts Valjean while they are in the kitchen of Valjean’s farmhouse. The agent slips on a pair of brass knuckles and tells Valjean that if the loan is not repaid in the next ten minutes, he will have to teach him a lesson about missing payment deadlines. Valjean reaches for the ax he keeps near his wood burning stove and kills the agent. Valjean is arrested and charged with murder. At the trial, Valjean testifies that he thought the agent was going to hurt him so he was only acting to protect himself. Given this self defense claim, Valjean will probably be:
Choice 1 Acquitted, because he was acting in self defense
Choice 2 Acquitted, because the agent threatened him in his own home
Choice 3 Convicted, but of a lesser manslaughter charge
Choice 4 Convicted of murder

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