Well, they are all wrong, as they don't or won't understand what Lien was going through at the moment of his fear for his life and the lives of his wife and daughter.
I'd like to see what they would do in the shoes of Lien.
Massad Ayoob, of LFI, is also a defense expert who has appeared before juries and 'educated' them and the lawyers about what really happens to a person in the grip of 'fight or flight' ...
As fight or flight reflex kicks in during a deadly danger situation, the combatant experiences numerous body alarm reactions and altered perspectives.One's very "ability to think in a rational, creative, and reflective manner" is likely to be reduced or perhaps eliminated under mortal threat conditions.
This "will generally cause a massive block of the brain's ability to process thought functions."
The inability to process thought functions rationally and reflectively will have an obvious effect on one's ability to clearly sort out whether the situation is appropriate for the use of lethal force.
Lien may well have undergone Tunnel Vision, Temporary Blindness, and Auditory Exclusion ("tunnel hearing").
These are a result of a primeval decision in the cortex of the brain that "there is only one thing that concerns us now, destroying or escaping the thing that is attempting to destroy us....The eyes still see and the ears still hear, but the cortex of the brain is screening out anything that is extraneous."
Tunnel vision is a loss of peripheral vision. For example: "Your field of vision may narrow to mere inches and you may lose your depth perception.
Thus, tunnel vision makes the shooter concentrate so much on the perceived danger that he may not see other "bad guys" on his flanks or innocent bystanders behind or near to the threat he is concentrating on.
If you experience such physio-psychological aspects in a violent encounter -- and don't recognize them for what they are -- and recount your (distorted) perceptions to police, you can be in world of trouble when your case goes to court.
It will be interesting to see what is written in the police report. Though Lien was not charged by the police, what he may have said to them and what may be in the police report, will be used in the civil trial.
There is something else that may have affected the hapless Mr. Lien...it is Amaurosis Fugax (temporary blindness) -- while "visual white out" is relatively rare, what is commonly called "hysterical blindness" is less so.
Ayoob observes that the eyes have seen something so terrifying, the brain refuses to see it anymore. One upshot of this is that amaurosis fugax often translates into fleeing the scene of a violent engagement.
In almost every court, flight equals guilt. We know Ms Allred will play this card along with the others.
The legal theory is that the person who did right will stand his or her ground to explain as need be; the person who flees does so because there is culpability involved.
Common manifestations include remembering things out of sequence, trivial things looming large in the mind immediately after the incident, and important things being lost to short-term memory immediately after the incident.
A good defense Lawyer, and he will have to be good, will be able 'place' the judge and jury in the shoes of Lien at that moment of terror, make them experience similar manifestations and will educate them as to what happens in the mind of a person under such frightening circumstances.
Lien was under a massive shot of adrenaline in his system at the time he became aware of the extreme threat to his life and the lives of his wife and daughter.
He would have experienced gross, severe, dramatic, cataclysmic loss of fine motor coordination. Loss of dexterity and shaking of the limbs.
When something unpleasant happens that we don't expect adrenaline is dumped into the bloodstream in one go so that we enter a type of "overdrive state.”