State of Minnesota Archives: on Crime
Supports use of deadly force in self-defense
Jim Abeler voted Yea (Concurrence Vote) on HF 1467 (Passed House, 85-47)
Legislative title:Expands the Use of Deadly Force in Self-Defense
Legislative summary:Vote to expand provisions authorizing use of deadly force in
Source: Minnesota House voting records (Votesmart synopses)
Feb 29, 2012
- Authorizes an individual to use deadly force to resist or prevent any of the following from occurring:
- The commission of a felony in the individual's dwelling;
- The commission of an offense that will expose an
individual to substantial injury or death; or
- The commission of a felony that includes the threatened use of physical force or a deadly weapon.
- Expands the definition of a "dwelling" to include: overnight stopping accommodation of any kind; a motor
vehicle; a watercraft; a motor home
- An individual is presumed to have a reasonable belief that there is an imminent threat of substantial injury or death if another individual has entered or is attempting to enter a dwelling unlawfully.
Gideon brief established right to attorney
Mondale, as attorney general, filed a brief on behalf of a Florida man named Clarence Gideon who couldn’t afford a defense attorney. At the time, states were not required to provide attorneys to poor defendants charged with serious crimes.
As a result of Mondale’s brief, defendants charged with serious crimes in both federal and state courts are provided attorneys if they cannot afford one. The Gideon case is required reading for all first year law students.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio interview with Elizabeth Stawicki
May 17, 2001
More resources for local law enforcement & COPS
I will fight to provide local law enforcement the resources needed to prevent and control crime. I support increased federal funding for law enforcement for programs
such as COPS and other federal initiatives that expand the presence of community police on our streets.
Source: Minnesota Newspaper Association Election Questionnaire
Jul 2, 2000
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