Friday, March 23, 2012

'Stand Your Ground': Miami Judge Decides Fatal Stabbing Was Self-Defense : The Two-Way : NPR

'Stand Your Ground': Miami Judge Decides Fatal Stabbing Was Self-Defense : The Two-Way : NPR

More on the misuse of the 'Stand Your Ground' law in Florida. Judges interpreting 'stand your ground' as equal to  'chase the person down and stab them to death'.
And here.
Other states have passed similar laws: from wikipedia:
As of 28 May 2010 31 States had some form of Castle Doctrine or Stand Your Ground law. Alabama,[6] Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,[7] South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah,[8] West Virginia and Wyoming have adopted Castle Doctrine statutes, and other states (Montana, Nebraska,[9] New Hampshire, Virginia, and Washington) are currently considering "Stand Your Ground" laws of their own.
So, does anyone, anywhere, who feels 'threatened' have the right to kill the person they feel threatened by? The NRA says yes. In Florida's case:
The law, approved under former Governor Jeb Bush after a big push by pro-gun advocates led by the National Rifle Association, was passed over numerous objections from the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association and state law enforcement officials.

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