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  1. Preach it. Yes, “fear” is a dangerous thing to exclaim; not really part of the self-defense equation. It for sure isn’t “reasonable belief.”

    From a South Carolina appeals case this week explaining voluntary manslaughter:

    “A person may act in a deliberate, controlled manner, notwithstanding the fact that he is afraid or in fear. Conversely, a person can be acting under an uncontrollable impulse to do violence and be incapable of cool reflection as a result of fear. The latter situation constitutes sudden heat of passion, but the former does not.”

    See: https://law.justia.com/cases/south-carolina/court-of-appeals/2019/5631.html?fbclid=IwAR0o4n9MLC_RXZ1YPxsdhjPij6eZy3DKng9SgLVBbT4Q80-6b7hYajyLg0A

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