Stand your ground law
10 February 2014
The “Stand your ground” law is a very misused and misunderstood laws in the state of Florida. The law states that if a person feels threatened, they can retaliate with extreme force. Even if it is deadly force. The law actually states: Use of force in defense of person.—A person is justified in using force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the others imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if: (1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony; or (2) Under those circumstances permitted pursuant to s. 776.013. History.—s. 13, ch. 74-383; s. 1188, ch. 97-102; s. 2, ch. 2005-27.1 The stand your ground law has been used in many cases and the defendants were set free of all charges. According, to the Tampa Bay Times; “Those who invoke "stand your ground" to avoid prosecution have been extremely successful. Nearly 70 percent have gone free. Defendants claiming "stand your ground" are more likely to prevail if the victim is black. Seventy-three percent of those who killed a black person faced no penalty compared to 59 percent of those who killed a white.”2 . The juries on these cases should learn what the law actually means. In Jacksonville, FL, Marissa Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in jail simply for firing a warning shot in to the ceiling of her house. Alexander, who had never been arrested before, has said she fired a bullet at a wall in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening her. No one was hurt, but the judge in...
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