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Law Offices of Anna R. Yum
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I am so happy to announce that I have been selected as a Super Lawyer in 2016 by Super Lawyers! I am extremely proud of this honor. Last year, I was recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star. This year, I have been elevated to Super Lawyer status. Super Lawyers honors up to only 5% of lawyers in each state who have attained the highest level of peer recognition and professional achievement.

http://profiles.superlawyers.com/california-san-diego/san-diego/lawyer/anna-r-yum/d71dd7a7-e22d-4710-aacc-f500f22705f2.html

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Anna Yum was recently featured on the cover of San Diego Attorney Journal Magazine.  Here is a link to the article:  http://issuu.com/sandiegoattorneyjournal/docs/sd_sept15_v145_digital
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King of His Castle or Murderer? Man Kills Teenage Home Intruders.

Should you be charged with first degree murder if you kill a home intruder?  What if the home intruder had previously broken into your home?  Now, let’s add more facts.  What if you decide to camp out in your basement, with handguns, food, and drinks, waiting for the intruder’s next break-in?  Would you still be entitled to self-defense?

Attorney Anna Yum breaks down the facts and the law on Fox News Channel Shepard Smith Reporting.  Byron Smith, a Minnesota homeowner, was charged with first degree and second degree murder of two teens that broke into his home.  Mr. Smith had previously sustained a number of break-ins at his residence.  One of the teens had allegedly burglarized Mr. Smith's property at least twice in the months before he was killed.  According to the prosecution, Mr. Smith waited in his basement for the intruders to break into his home.  He was armed with several guns while having energy bars and water at his disposal.  The defense, however, argued that Mr. Smith had a right to defend himself and his home; he didn’t know whether the burglars were going to harm or kill him.  

Minnesota law allows a person to use deadly force for self-defense; however, in claiming such a defense, the primary issue focuses on whether the conduct was reasonable.  Attorney Yum discusses  the hurdles that both the prosecution and the defense would have to overcome in this trial.  Would the jury feel sympathetic towards Mr. Smith if they believed that he had a right to defend himself in his own home?  On the other hand, in arguing self-defense, would the defense have a difficult time convincing the jury that Mr. Smith’s conduct was reasonable?  Mr. Smith was ultimately convicted of both first-degree and second-degree murder.  

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