Recent prosecutions have pushed Kentucky’s concept of self-defense beyond the limits of tolerance for complexity and confusion. There is little doubt that there exists a critical need to clarify or to revise the Kentucky law of self-defense. A demonstration of this need and a description of its nature are the principal objectives of this article. To accomplish these objectives, it is necessary to provide some information about the recent history of homicide and self-defense in Kentucky and to describe some important recent interpretations of this law by the Supreme Court of Kentucky.
Response or Comment
Robert G. Lawson & William S. Cooper, Special Comment, Self-Defense in Kentucky: A Need for Clarification or Revision, 76 Ky. L.J. 167 (1988).