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IMMINENT DANGER Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

In relation to homicide in self-defense, this term means immediate danger, such as must be Instantly met, such as cannot be guarded against It calling for the assistance of others or the protection of the law. U. S. v. Outerbridge,27 Fed. Cas. 390; State v. West, 45 La. Ann. 14, 12 South. 7; State v. Smith, 43Or. 109, 71 Pac. 973. Or, as otherwise defined, such an appearance of threatened and impending injury as would put a reasonable and prudent man to his instant defense.State v. Fontenot, 50 La. Ann. 537, 23 South. 034. 09 Am. St. Rep. 455; Shorter v.People, 2 N. Y. 201, 51 Am. Dec. 280.


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