Thursday, April 5, 2012

From The Author of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law

This appeared on Fox News March 21, 2012:

As the prime sponsor of this legislation in the Florida House, I'd like to clarify that this law does not seem to be applicable to the tragedy that happened in Sanford. There is nothing in the castle doctrine as found in Florida statutes that authenticates or provides for the opportunity to pursue and confront individuals, it simply protects those who would be potential victims by allowing for force to be used in self-defense.
When the "stand your ground" or "castle doctrine" legislation passed in 2005, the catalytic event that brought the issue to the attention of the Florida Legislature was the looting of property in the aftermath of hurricanes. 
Specifically, there was a situation in the panhandle of Florida where a citizen moved an RV onto his property, to protect the remains of his home from being looted. One evening, a perpetrator broke into the RV and attacked the property owner. The property owner, acting in self-defense in his home, shot and killed the perpetrator. 
It was months before the property owner knew if he would be charged with a crime because of the lack of concrete definition in the statutes regarding self-defense and a perceived duty to retreat by the potential victim.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/03/21/trayvon-martins-alleged-attacker-not-covered-under-law-wrote/#ixzz1rCKr10eR
He goes on to argue that if Zimmerman pursued Martin, "Stand Your Ground" would be irrelevant.

1 comment:

Mauser said...

Except for the fact of Martin being perched on Zimmerman's Chest, trying to bash his brains out on the sidewalk. I'd say that that situation right there qualifies as Self defense, even if "Stand your ground" is inoperative.