Criminal Law Keyed to Lee
State v. Simon
Simon was the neighbor of Steffen Wong, whom he feared and assumed, that because of his ethnicity, was an expert at martial arts. Eventually this fear, and the fact the two did not really get along, led Simon to fire shots at Wong along with two other neighbors. Simon testified at trial that prior to the shooting Wong had approached Simon, cursing at him, which caused him to fear for his safety. An expert witness testified that Simon suffered from a mental disorder that skewed his view on reality and caused him to believe people were going to attack him. Because Simon believed that he was in imminent danger, the trial court instructed the jury that Simon may defend himself against an unlawful aggression if a reasonable person in his shoes would believe that the defense was reasonable. Simon was found not guilty.
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