The Stand Your Ground law is most widely associated with the Feb. 26 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old killed in Florida by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain who claimed he was acting in self-defense.

But as a recent Tampa Bay Times investigation indicates, the Martin incident is far from the only example of the law’s reach in Florida. The paper identified nearly 200 instances since 2005 where the state’s Stand Your Ground law has played a factor in prosecutors’ decisions, jury acquittals or a judge’s call to throw out the charges. (Not all the cases involved killings. Some involved assaults where the person didn’t die.)

The law removes a person’s duty to retreat before using deadly force against another in any place he has the legal right to be – so long as he reasonably believed he or someone else faced imminent death or great bodily harm. Among the Stand Your Ground cases identified by the paper, defendants went free nearly 70 percent of the time.

Although Florida was the first to enact a Stand Your Ground law, 24 other states enforce similar versions. Using the Tampa Bay findings and others, we’ve highlighted some of the most notable cases where a version of the Stand Your Ground law has led to freedom from criminal prosecution…

Continue Reading: Five ‘Stand Your Ground’ Cases You Should Know About – ProPublica.

4 thoughts on “Five ‘Stand Your Ground’ Cases You Should Know About – ProPublica

  1. I don’t see how Zimmerman’s case is considered a “Stand Your Ground” example.

    Zimmerman chased someone around because he thought they (Martin) were “suspicious” although he didn’t witness Martin doing anything. Zimmerman then got into a fight with Martin, then shot him.

    Now, if Martin broke into Zimmerman’s house and got shot, that would be different.

  2. Good post. The Stand your Ground law to me is not the biggest problem. The bigger issue is we have too many guns in America, more than people, and people feel they have license to be Dirty Harry. I don’t know what transpired with Zimmerman’s shooting of Trayvon Martin. I do know that the 911 dispatcher told him not to follow Martin. Zimmerman was itching for a fight and got one. Now, a kid is dead and that is wrong. He is at least guilty of letting his testosterone overrule his brain.

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