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Court: New self-defense laws not retroactive

• East Valley Tribune

A bid by state legislators to retroactively change self-defense laws is unconstitutional, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled.

Without dissent, the judges said Cesar Montes, convicted of the 2005 shooting death of Benjamin Cota in Pima County and the wounding of two others, is not entitled to take advantage of changes in self-defense laws enacted after the shootings.


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