I am not an attorney. I do not give legal advice. I am not giving legal advice now to anyone on any topic. But I recently served on a jury regarding a trial involving assault with a firearm which resulted in great bodily injury.
"Frank" and "Eric" had a history of not getting along. One day, the two men had yet another argument. Eric was clearly the aggressor using verbal attacks, threats, and physical
of aggressive behavior. Frank kept trying to retreat. But Eric was relentless in his pursuit of Frank as Frank tried to return to his home. In fact, some of Eric's family had to restrain him from following Frank. Eric was a thug and bully, no question. However, the scene changed as Frank returned from his home to confront Eric. Frank began to provoke,
taunt, belittle, and display a "bring it attitude" toward Eric. Eric was enraged and broke the restraints of his family. Eric rushed Frank with the intent to "kick his ass." When Eric was within five feet of Frank, Frank pulled out a handgun and shot Eric. Eric's injury was not fatal.
During the trial the defense attorney worked from a self-defense argument. However, Frank was found guilty because, under California law, a
defendant cannot plea self-defense when he provoked the attack.
Now, consider the proposed sanctions to be imposed upon Iran by the US. Of course, the question becomes who is Frank and who is Eric?