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.

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