Case in St. Paul raises questions over 'self-defense' rights for homeowners

St. Paul police say they've now arrested a homeowner on suspicion of aggravated assault after he allegedly shot and injured a man in his front yard Tuesday morning. The man who was shot had been the subject of a police pursuit over an alleged stolen car. There are still many details we don't know in this case, but the details we do know brought up a common question on social media, what rights do homeowners have when it comes to protecting themselves and their property? Every state has a different interpretation of the law, and the law itself has many names: Stand Your Ground, Self-Defense and the Castle Doctrine to name a few. "The Castle Doctrine basically says that I can use any force I think is necessary to protect my home and some states it's even further, that you can use deadly force even if there's not a direct threat at the time." That means if someone breaks into your home and is just sitting on your couch, in some states Brandt says you shoot them dead and get away with it. "Minnesota doesn't go quite that far right now. Minnesota says it has to be reasonable." But what's reasonable to you might, not be reasonable to your neighbor. Therein lies the problem with Minnesota's current law.

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FILE - In this May 22, 2014 file photo, JD.com CEO Richard Liu smiles during the IPO for his company at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. JD.com, China’s largest online direct retailer, on Monday, July 20, 2015 announced it is opening a store to sell U.S. goods on its site. “U.S. Mall” will sell American brands ranging from Converse to Nautica to a rapidly growing middle class in China. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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U of M student sues Chinese billionaire for alleged rape

A woman who said she was raped by JD.com founder Richard Liu filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the billionaire and his company alleging he and other wealthy Chinese executives coerced her to drink during a dinner in the hours before she was attacked. Jingyao Liu, a student at the University of Minnesota, claims Liu forced himself upon her in his vehicle after the dinner and later raped her at her apartment. The lawsuit seeks damages of more than $50,000. Richard Liu, founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, was arrested Aug. 31 in Minneapolis on suspicion of felony rape and released within hours. Prosecutors announced in December that he would face no criminal charges because the case had "profound evidentiary problems" and that it was unlikely they could prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Attorney: Boy 'thrown' from 3rd floor at MOA still in critical condition

Attorney: Boy 'thrown' from 3rd floor at MOA still in critical condition

An attorney for the family of a boy police say was thrown from the third floor at the Mall of America says the child is still in critical condition. A criminal complaint states that a 24-year-old man approached the 5-year-old boy without warning, picked him up and threw him off the balcony on Friday. First  responders indicated that the child had multiple fractured bones including his arms and legs, was bleeding from the head and had suffered massive head trauma. Stephen Tillitt, attorney for the family, said the family is greatly appreciative of a GoFundMe that's raised more than $700,000, and they find it "very touching" so many have donated.  The suspect, Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, is charged with first degree attempted murder in the incident. He appeared in court on Tuesday.