Justice for Don Belton

remembering a writer and friend

Legal question

Bench…I’d like to know. On day one of the trial, the defense says that if it raises a new issue in order to qualify for a lesser conviction, the burden is on the state to *disprove* this. Judge Harper yesterday said the event that triggered a possible “sudden heat” defense was Don’s alleged push/shove in response to Griffin grabbing his shoulders. Is this what the state has to disprove?

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