Winning a guilty verdict was always a long shot

That the burden of proof is on the state, not the young man wielding the gun, may seem surprising, but Wisconsin’s approach is the mainstream one.

Twitter: @JohnFPfaff John Pfaff, a professor of law at Fordham University, is the author of “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform.”

— one component of the burden of proof — meaning he had to present facts that could be found by a jury to constitute valid defensive force. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has made clear that the burden of production is a fairly low (if meaningful) bar in...

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