‘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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