Confusing Florida Stand Your Ground Law

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Opponents of Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law say the Trayvon Martin shooting is one example of the law's ambiguity and shows the potential for unintended consequences.
Buddy Jacobs, general counsel for the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, told a task force examining the law that it needs to be repealed.
The 2005 law is under nationwide scrutiny following the Feb. 26 shooting in Sanford of the unarmed, 17-year-old Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Martin's family and supporters want Zimmerman arrested, but police say they were prevented from doing so because of the law. At least 20 other states have similar stand your ground laws.
The task force includes prosecutors, defense attorneys, police executives and politicians.

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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Apr 7, 2012 at 03:44 PM
    Here's how I feel things should be PERIOD. If you seek to hurt another for NO reason go to Prison. However if youre "tooling" along minding your own , and another comes along trying to rob, assault, or enact Violence against you , and you put 6 into them .......good for you !! Im tired of being told to lay down and accept criminals . Poor convicts ABSOLUTE NO.
  • by LegalWatcher Location: TLH on Apr 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM
    There is nothing confusing about the Stand Your Ground law. It is meant to be applied and interpreted by individuals with education and experience in these things...not by an untrained public, media and police force. If it is applied correctly, the process works. It is when police officers, together with politically motivated heads of police departments, try to wrangle with it that it becomes "confusing". Follow the law, and it would not be confusing at all. Police officers are not in a position to determine when and where the law should be enforced. They have a duty to enforce it uniformly, and it us up to the court to decide when and where it is appropriate used.
  • by BigDogRex Location: Tallahassee on Apr 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM
    What is confusing about it? It is actually very clear. And since no articles seem to actually reference it, here it is: 776.013, Florida Statutes. There are laws that are far more confusing than this, which makes me wonder if people with anti-gun agendas are just trying to take advantage of the emotions surrounding the Martin case. The law even clearly states that it does not apply if you are engaged in unlawful activities.
  • by Watcher Location: Everywhere on Apr 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    Stop. Think. If you do not believe Zimmerman's account of what happened, then the law does not apply anyway. If you do believe Zimmerman's story, he did not need this law to defend himself from a vicious attack. Either way, this law does not protect Zimmerman. People are just looking for someone or something to blame because there does not appear to be evidence to charge Zimmerman with a crime, whether or not they believe he did or did not commit a crime.
  • by Karma Location: Tallahassee on Apr 6, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    I've never paid much attention to some "Stand Your Ground" or whatever law. I believe in the "It's Better to be Judged by Twelve than Carried by Six" law.
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      by Kevin aka Reality on Apr 11, 2012 at 05:27 PM in reply to Karma
  • by Jess on Apr 6, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    First off, there really isn't a law named "Stand Your Ground." It is part of another statute and it says a person has to be attacked and can meet force with force. Maybe some people really need to learn to read.
  • by Common Sense Location: Tallahassee on Apr 6, 2012 at 07:27 AM
    The problem is not the law but those who choose to use it to cover their criminal activity. I'm referring to thugs and gang that shoot others and then claim they were standing their ground. Rarely do you have law abiding citizens using that law improperly. A thug got shot and now we have to deal with the fallout of the idiots who can't reason it all out and see the truth for what it is. Freakin criminals are the problem!
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