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NY Times’ mindless editorial over Stand-Your-Ground law

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, November 2, 2015 at 10:00am 11/2/2015 at 10:00am

I imagine we’ve all chuckled at the mindlessness which the New York Times provides opportunities to observe the Murray Gell-Mann amnesia effect in action.

From my own perspective as an expert in use-of-force law I fail to recall a single instance in which the NYT has so much as approached factual accuracy or displayed contextual understanding in a piece on...

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New “Scientific” Stand-Your-Ground Study Is Ignorant of the Law

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 19, 2015 at 7:30pm 10/19/2015 at 7:30pm

So this happened: A group of five self-described scientists representing prestigious institutions of higher learning, including the Harvard School of Public Health, Washington University School of Medicine, and the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice, decided to look for racism in Florida’s “Stand-Your-Ground” laws (hereafter, “SYG”).

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Stand Your Ground – Watch this video, and learn yourself something

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 7:00pm 6/21/2015 at 7:00pm

As our readers know, Andrew Branca is THE expert on self-defense and Stand Your Ground law. He also has a great deal of knowledge about 2nd Amendment and gun control issues.

What you might not recall, is that Andrew originally was a commenter at Legal Insurrection. In the run up to the...

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Media STILL Doesn’t Understand “Stand-Your-Ground”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 2:50pm 5/28/2015 at 2:50pm

I don’t suppose it will ever end–the mainstream media will continue to cover trials involving deadly force, will continue to blindly label them Stand-Your-Ground cases, and will continue to demonstrate its utter ignorance of what Stand-Your-Ground actually is.

The most recent example comes in the form of

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Florida Sup Ct to Decide Key Self-Defense Immunity Case

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 1:00pm 12/2/2014 at 1:00pm

The Orlando Sentinel reported recently on an interesting self-defense law matter currently being taken up by the Florida Supreme Court.

As seems inevitable, they have of course incorrectly categorized the case as centering on the state’s “Stand-Your-Ground” law.

In fact, the case centers on Florida’s self-defense immunity statute, and not on Stand Your Ground....

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Marissa Alexander’s Desperate Efforts for Self-Defense Immunity Hearing Delayed Again

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 8:30am 6/11/2014 at 8:30am

Marissa Alexander was back in court today for a pre-trial hearing on whether she will be granted yet another shot at self-defense immunity under Florida statute FL 776.032: Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.  

In what has become an all too familiar pattern in this case,...

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Stand-Your-Ground: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It’s Important

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, June 6, 2014 at 5:37pm 6/6/2014 at 5:37pm

Well, I’ve finally gotten around to launching the Law of Self Defense weekly video/podcasts, and Professor Jacobson was kind enough to let me make a post about it here.

This first episode I knew I’d be struggling with IT issues–and, indeed, I am–so I kept the subject matter relatively simple.

This first ~23...

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‘Stand Your Ground’ Repeal Effort Mercifully Dies In Florida Senate

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 5, 2014 at 4:00pm 5/5/2014 at 4:00pm

The primary Florida legislative initiative to repeal the state’s Stand-Your-Ground — SB116, embedded below — has officially died a sad little death in the state senate, as reported on the official state Senate legislative tracking site.  (This also effectively  dooms the complementary bill introduced in the...

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Journalists Continue to Suffer From Rabid “StandYourGroundPhobia”

http://www.kulr8.com/story/25392184/exclusive-photo-diren-dede-moments-before-shooting?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10110526
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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 10:30am 5/4/2014 at 10:30am
http://www.kulr8.com/story/25392184/exclusive-photo-diren-dede-moments-before-shooting?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10110526

Well, the media is still suffering from StandYourGroundPhobia., raising it in explanation of two recent killings by homeowners, that of Byron Smith in Minnesota (recently convicted and sentenced to life in prison) and Markus Kaarma in Montana.

Naturally, all their scriblings truly reveal is their ongoing ignorance of what Stand-Your-Ground is (and...

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Andrew Branca’s “Stand-Your-Ground” Talk at the NRA Annual Meeting

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 10:00am 4/27/2014 at 10:00am

The past several days I’ve been attending the National Rifle Associations’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, having been invited to speak at the NRA’s 17th Annual Firearms Law Symposium as part of the larger gathering.

The Annual Meeting is a massive event, with something on the order of 70,000 people attending, hundreds of...

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CNN analyst welches on bet after Andrew Branca wins “Stand-Your-Ground” Debate

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:05am 4/26/2014 at 11:05am

This past Tuesday, April 22, I participated in a debate on Stand-Your-Ground hosted by UC Berkeley Law School.

As you might expect, hilarity ensued.

It turned out there were actually three sides to the debate. The two lawyers on the anti-SYG side of the issue were opposed to the debate proposition that “Florida...

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So-Called “Warning Shot” and “Pop-Tart” Bills Pass Florida House

http://youtu.be/aedUPmm28cE
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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:15am 3/21/2014 at 9:15am
http://youtu.be/aedUPmm28cE

On Thursday, March 20, 2104, the Florida House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (93-24) in approval of HB-89 (the so-called “warning shot” bill), and HB-7029 (the so-called “Pop-Tart” bill).

These developments are reported in the Bradenton Herald, and other news sources (h/t to commenter pjm–thanks!).

The Florida Senate has not yet taken a full vote on...

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Breaking – E.J. Dionne unable to grasp Stand Your Ground laws

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:30pm 2/21/2014 at 3:30pm
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E.J. Dionne, Jr., in his Washington Post piece entitled “Repeal stand-your-ground laws,” presents us with yet another example of the utter inability of too many journalists to grasp the relatively simple and straightforward legal concept commonly referred to as “Stand-Your-Ground.”

Humorously, the first paragraph of his piece had me utterly convinced that Dionne...

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Reader “Stand Your Ground” Pop Quiz

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 8:00pm 2/9/2014 at 8:00pm

Andrew is taking a much needed day off, and tomorrow will resume live coverage — with mid-day and end-of-day wrap ups — of the Michael Dunn Trial, which enters week no. 2.

Here is a report from CBS News  (I believe Friday night).  A similar report was on the NBC nightly news...

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Florida Theater Shooting Induces Another Round of “Stand Your Ground” Mania

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:05pm 1/14/2014 at 6:05pm

Ever since the phrase “Stand-Your-Ground” caught the eye of journalists everywhere, it seems they simply cannot get enough of it.

“Stand-Your-Ground” here, “Stand-Your-Ground” there, “Stand-Your-Ground” everywhere.

The latest breakout of “Stand-Your-Ground-Mania” is now emerging around a tragic and apparently completely unnecessary shooting in a Tampa-area theater yesterday, as described in a piece from...

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No Bail for Marissa Alexander, Case Held Over Until January

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 5:24pm 11/13/2013 at 5:24pm

Marissa Alexander’s motion for bail was left undecided today, when the Judge responsible for the decision decided to delay further action on the matter until January 15, 2014.

Alexander’s attorney had made a request for bail in anticipation of her re-trial on charges of aggravated assault, using a firearm, against...

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Repeal of “Stand-Your-Ground” voted down in Florida House Committee

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, November 8, 2013 at 7:00am 11/8/2013 at 7:00am

Last evening the Florida House conducted a public hearing, judiciary committee debate, and committee vote on HB-4003, which would have done away with Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground law by repealing Florida statute 776.013. Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.

The outcome was that HB-4003 was soundly defeated...

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