"Hard cases make bad law" is a widely used legal maxim. It refers to how difficult it can be to have an individual case involving complicated facts stand for a general legal principle.
Still, even amid sometimes conflicting details, particular cases do fit within a broader legal system. This includes tragic cases, such as the accidental police shooting of a Hofstra University student.
The case has gripped the attention of people in New York City and across the country this week.