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What You Need to Know About 'Stand Your Ground' Laws
Submitted by: David Williamson

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Cases of self-defense aren't always simple -- especially in states with a "stand your ground" law. Earlier this month, police say Michael Drejka fatally shot a man who shoved and knocked him to the ground in an argument over a parking space in Florida. Although critics say Drejka's use of deadly force was uncalled for, the Pinellas County sheriff declined to arrest him, citing the state's "stand your ground" law, which gave him immunity. The decision sparked outcry and calls for reform.

Comment by: mickey (7/30/2018)
"Nowhere else is there anything like this in criminal law where somebody asserts something and the burden then shifts to the other person," Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a press conference. "That's a very heavy standard and it puts the burden on the state."

---Imagine that, requiring prosecutors to prove that the defendant broke the law.

Comment by: PHORTO (7/30/2018)
As expected, the article misrepresents Zimmerman.

It paints a 'confrontation' initiated by Zimmerman's defiance of an 'order' from the PD dispatcher. The dispatcher has no authority to issue orders, and did not in this case. The dispatcher merely responded to Zimmerman's offer to keep the suspect in sight, saying, "We don't need you to do that."

Hardly an 'order' of any kind. Regardless, Zimmerman complied and set out to return to his car when he was ambushed and set upon by Martin, and only resorted to his firearm when he was on his back being beaten, unable to otherwise defend himself.

This kind of deliberate distortion of the facts is why no one trusts the media any longer.

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