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Justifiable Homicide Bill (1983)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1983-06-24

Duration: 00:08:19

Subjects: Politics | Government | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 1983 | Crime | Burglary | Self-defense (Law) | Justifiable homicide


  • Young, David Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Host
  • Randolph, Ned Speaker
  • Eames, George Interviewee
  • Baker, John Interviewee


This segment from the June 24, 1983, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features David Young’s report on the controversy surrounding the passage of a bill at the 1983 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature allowing the use of deadly force to prevent home invasions. It includes: State Senator Ned Randolph, the bill's author, speaking at the Baton Rouge Press Club about the bill; an interview with George Eames of the NAACP on his view that the bill will adversely impact the black community; and an interview with LSU Law Professor John Baker on his view that the bill impedes the existing justifiable homicide law. Young reports that Governor Dave Treen has not yet approved the bill. Hosts: David Young and Robyn Ekings