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1DCA: Conflicting Jury Instructions

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Reversing a conviction for attempted second degree murder and shooting at/within/into an occupied vehicle, the trial court fundamentally erred by giving contradictory instructions on the duty to retreat (3.6(f)), thereby negating the possible application of appellant’s only defense (self-defense). 191 more words

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What ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Actually Mean

For the Washington PostEugene Volokh writes: Seems to me that there’s either a lot of misinformation about what “stand your ground” means, or attempts to sow misinformation. 478 more words

Law & Justice

Update: HB 826 (to repeal "Stand Your Ground" provisions) voluntarily deferred

Today, Rep. Wesley Bishop voluntarily deferred HB 826, proposing to repeal “Stand Your Ground” provisions in Louisiana when it was heard in the House Committee on Criminal Justice. 43 more words

Spotlight

Repeal "Stand Your Ground" or expand it?: HB 826 v. HB 235

Two bills currently being debated in the Louisiana Legislature seek to address the state’s “stand your ground” laws to permit use of force and homicide under certain circumstances: one seeks to expand them, and the other seeks to repeal them. 601 more words

Spotlight

The Real Victims

In the Tampa Tribune,  editor Lee Hanson claims that the “Stand Your Ground Law” is fine the way it is. Well sorry Mr. Hanson, but we beg to differ. 435 more words

Stand Your Ground

The Necessity of Duty to Retreat

One of the most repulsive aspects of Stand Your Ground is the absence of duty to retreat. Duty to retreat means defendants must have made an effort to withdrawal from the situation and demonstrate they didn’t have the intent to fight before they use force. 563 more words

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Kentucky Self-Defense Law

The right to act in self-defense is a topic that always seems to have strong opinions and emotions involved.  From George Zimmerman to Michael Dunn it seemed like Florida was constantly in the news last year and the national media’s misguided focus on Stand Your Ground laws didn’t help.  808 more words