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Letter to the editor: Column called attention to violations of rights
Published 9/4/2013 6:00:00 AM
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Editor:

I just read Ashley Fisher's piece "Your home is your castle, even against the cops." I thought it was well done, and explores a very important and underexamined issue.

If Ms. Fisher is interested in learning more about the right to resist unlawful arrest, I coauthored an article on the subject a few years ago, "Resistance Is Futile: The Right to Resist Unlawful Arrest In An Era Of Aggressive Policing." This article provides an overview of the right to resist in general, and examines the law in each state. Some things have changed since the article was written, but it is still useful—in fact, the Indiana Supreme Court cited it in their opinion in Barnes v. State.

Craig Hemmens, JD, PhD
WSU Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

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