Stand Your Ground  (Page 3)

“Stand Your Ground” opponents mangle law and Trayvon facts at Senate Hearing

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 5:46pm 10/29/2013 at 5:46pm

This morning Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois held a US Senate hearing nominally on the subject of Stand Your Ground laws.

Here I’ll just share an overview of the testimony, along with my own general observations. (More detailed posts will likely follow.)

My first general observation is that the anti-SYG folks were,...

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No “Make-My-Day” Immunity for Colorado Woman Who Killed Estranged Boyfriend

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, October 25, 2013 at 5:00pm 10/25/2013 at 5:00pm

A Colorado judge denied immunity under the state’s “Make My Day” law to a woman charged with 1st degree murder. The defendant, Marla Abling, has been charged with first degree murder for the strangulation killing of her estranged boyfriend, Rory Alba.

The couple had a history of alleged domestic violence, and Abling...

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South Carolina Father Wins Self-Defense Immunity in Shooting of Bystander

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4:30pm 10/10/2013 at 4:30pm

A father in South Carolina who fired his handgun in self-defense–and in the process killing an apparent innocent bystander–has successfully argued that he is not subject to criminal or civil liability under the state’s self-defense immunity law.

South Carolina’s self-defense immunity statute–§16-11-450. Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil actions; law enforcement officer...

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Florida Senate “Stand Your Ground” panel advocates for lawsuits against people who lawfully defend themselves

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 8:00am 10/10/2013 at 8:00am

The Orlando Sentinel reports that an ad hoc Florida state Senate panel, drawn together specifically to advocate changes to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, has emerged to announce that there should be changes to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.

The key change sought by the panel is to impose limits on the immunity from...

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South Park Takes On Zimmerman Case in “World War Zimmerman”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 6:30pm 10/9/2013 at 6:30pm

It seems that South Park is going to roll out a parody of the events surrounding George Zimmerman’s self-defense shooting of his assailant Trayvon Martin in an upcoming episode tonight to be entitled “World War Zimmerman.”

Details are scarce, but South Park put out this press release in advance of the episode,...

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Marissa Alexander Wins a “Do-Over” in Florida “Self-Defense” Case

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 5:45pm 9/26/2013 at 5:45pm

In May 2012, Marissa Alexander was convicted of aggravated assault for having fired a gun at her estranged husband and his two children. Under Florida’s “10-20-Life” law she received the mandatory 20-year-sentence for having fired a gun in the commission of a felony.

We wrote about the Alexander case here some...

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Efforts to “change” Stand-Your-Ground Laws really aim to eliminate them

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 2:00pm 9/1/2013 at 2:00pm

It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth, and we are being provided with a ringside seat to just such political theater with today’s newest front on the war on law-abiding gun owners.

That front is, of course, being waged on so-called Stand Your Ground laws.

This past week...

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Efforts to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground Falter, Fail . . . Backfire?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 12:03pm 8/25/2013 at 12:03pm

The much ballyhooed efforts to repeal the Stand Your Ground law in Florida have suffered an ignominious and well-deserved death.

An enormous and bi-partisan majority of Florida legislators —72%– this week overwhelmingly declined to hold a special session for the purpose of even debating the repeal of SYG.

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Deceptive Trayvon Martin Shooting Reenactment Video Released

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, August 19, 2013 at 7:53pm 8/19/2013 at 7:53pm

Via Amanda Turkel at Huffington Post comes news that The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has released a video “reenactment” of the shooting of Trayvon Martin in order to encourage people to oppose “Stand Your Ground Laws”:

The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has released a chilling new online ad reenacting the night...

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Stand Your Ground: The “New” Self-Defense Doctrine That’s 136 Years Young

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 8:00am 7/23/2013 at 8:00am

Much has been made lately of the self-defense legal doctrine of Stand-Your-Ground, mostly for political purposes unrelated to any actual legal application of the doctrine (for more on this, see here: Stand-Your-Ground: Gun Control Zombies Exploit Grieving Black Community).

Stand Your Ground Does Not Make it Legal to Just Kill on a Whim

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Stand-Your-Ground: Gun Control Zombies Exploit Grieving Black Community

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 12:30pm 7/20/2013 at 12:30pm

As the racialist wing of our body politic suffers through the Kubler-Ross seven stages of grief at the “Not Guilty” verdict in the Zimmerman trial, we find that they are currently transitioning from the “Anger” to “Bargaining” stage. How do we know? Because all they want, they now tell us, is...

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