History of Stand Your Ground Law in Florida07/16/13 Robert Lorei
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Today on Radioactivity, Rob Lorei looks at the history of Floridaâ€™s controversial stand your ground law. Before the stand your ground law was enacted in Florida- defendants had to use every reasonable effort to avoid danger- before using deadly force. The judge in the Zimmerman trial instructed the jury that Zimmerman had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force.
The Tampa Bay Time points out this morning that last year it studied 200 stand your ground cases and that the law worked to free killers and violent attackers- whose self defense claims were questionable. In nearly a third of the cases examined by the Times the defendants who initiated a fight went free. The Times analysis also showed that people who claimed self-defense after killing a black victim were more likely to go free than those who killed a white victim.
The Center for Media and Democracy has studied the history of how the stand your ground laws were passed in Florida and 30 states around the country. Our guest today is Brendan Fischer of the CMD.
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Executive Director of The Center for Media and Democracy, Lisa Graves Discusses Stand Your Ground on MSNBC