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‘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?

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

13 Comments

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for sharing!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Thanks for reblogging!

  1. swo8

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

    • JoAnn Chateau

      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?

      • swo8

        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

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Amen. Good luck to both our countries.

      • swo8

        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

  2. Rosaliene Bacchus

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

    • JoAnn Chateau

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

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