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The Tennessee Supreme Court suspended the license of a Nashville attorney after discovering he posted advice on Facebook about how to make deadly force look like self-defense.

 

After a woman made a post on Facebook in 2017 seeking advice on how to handle possible abuse or harassment by an ex-partner, attorney Winston B. Sitton encouraged her to "lure" the man into her home and shoot him. He advised her to claim the man broke in with a plan to harm her. 

"Even with the new stand your ground law, the castle doctrine is a far safer basis for use of deadly force," he wrote, according to an opinion filed by the state's high court. 

He later posted that the woman should delete her post if she was serious.

"As a lawyer, I advise you to keep mum about this if you are remotely serious," Sitton wrote. "Your defense is that you are afraid for your life _ revenge or premeditation of any sort will be used against you at trial." 

 

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2021/01/23/nashville-lawyer-suspended-after-posting-advice-facebook-getting-away-murder/6682442002/

 

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