‘Stand Your Ground’ May Become a More Powerful Defense in Florida

Be watchful. The controversial Stand Your Ground law may become a more powerful defense. Florida wants to strengthen the law by putting the proof of dangerous intent on the prosecution, rather than requiring the defendant to prove self-defense.

In addition, if the prosecution cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the shooter was not acting in self-defense, they are required to award $200K towards the defendant’s legal costs.

The Young Turks break it down:

You Might Be Able To Get Paid $200,000 For Shooting Someone In Florida (Video)

“Any time somebody murders somebody, but it has to be with a gun… so you’re telling me, [if] I’m doing self-defense without a gun, it’s not allowed, it doesn’t get any protections. But if I have a gun, whoever has the gun is almost, by definition, thought to be completely innocent, and the state has the burden… [to prove otherwise]… A nearly impossible task… Dead men don’t talk, and you’re almost certainly going to get away with it [murder]… Why is the NRA pushing so hard for this? […] ~ The Young Turks (TYT)

TYT cites the following article:

Bills Would Shift ‘Stand Your Ground’ Burden to Prosecutors (Link)

Two lawmakers representing north central Florida – State Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, and State Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island – have introduced companion bills favoring defendants who claim self-defense under the state’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law. ~ Christopher Curry, Gainesville.com

What are your thoughts on Stand Your Ground laws? Do they tend to support justice, or divert it?

  1. Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology.

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  2. I’m staying away from the USA. We’re waiting for some change?
    Leslie

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    1. A sorry state of affairs. Don’t judge you.

      Now. It is very sad to hear that from a Canadian neighbor, and woman who has traveled around the world.

      What does that say, fellow-Americas?

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      1. You need some changes there. That’s not to say that Canada doesn’t have her problems – we certainly do. I just hope we can take care of some of those problems in our up coming election.
        Leslie

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      2. Amen. Good luck to both our countries.

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      3. My dear, JoAnn, we both need a lot of good luck – or what ever it takes to make those changes. God bless us all.
        Leslie

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  3. I cannot understand the concept of this us law again

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  4. This is how irrational some of our law makers have become when it comes to killing people with guns.

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    1. Yes – within the context of our fight for sensible gun control, no less!

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