I've sat through such hearings, and I never do think the law is on my side. I've made that mistake before (thankfully only in civil court). And I've personally seen someone who had no choice and who had nothing to do with pulling the trigger railroaded because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the wrong person carjacked him. But this isn't "terminator" talk, at least in my case. It's the talk of someone who'd rather avoid those situations, but knows all too well that in that split second when it's them or you, it had better be you, especially if someone who doesn't have the same respect for life is involved.
+1 Been there also. And you're spot on about the split second part, choices are react or die when it really hits the fan because warnings just don't happen unless you really
know what to look for ... and that ain't perfect either. I've left more than a few places (back-in-the-day) because I could tell shit was about to go sideways. I've also had a few less timely exits that required (Um...) non-verbal negotiations...
Good point about the political aspect by zridling as it is a major factor in how things tend to go down. I got a friend doing 10 for a gun he didn't even have. But hick towns just love bank robbery trials. The law is on your side alright, Your Back-Side...
Now as far as self defense shootings go locally. The ones that are reasonably clear-cut (robberies/home invasions) never go to trial...or have any charges filed for that matter.
A few years back a guy in a wheelchair caught someone trying to break down his front door. He fired 3 times through the door killing the would be attacker. After a short (2 week) investigation, it was ruled self defense.
Another one south of here was a guy that walked out of the bathroom at a restaurant, and straight into a robbery. He (having both gun and permit) drew, fired, and ended the robbery. It was ruled self defense shortly there after.