This note will chart the historical development of the imperfect right of self-defense and will emphasize the relevant differences between the perfect and imperfect right of self-defense. By analyzing how other states have implemented the imperfect right of self-defense, this note will indicate how North Carolina trial courts should proceed in implementing this imperfect defense as a result of the Norris decision. Some constitutional implications of the opinion are discussed to provide some insight into the significance of this decision for future trial practice in North Carolina.
Richard Charles Blanks, Criminal Law - Perfecting the Imperfect Right of Self-Defense, 4 Campbell L. Rev. 427 (1982).