How many mistakes can the AP make in one short story? "Stand your ground" was not an issue in the Montana shooting. Nor in the George Zimmerman case. I'm sure Montana law, prior to the amendment, allowed self-defense in cases...
It's like Stand Your Ground, but for dogs. The post Texas Cop Shoots His Neighbor’s Dog, Gets Away With It Under Law Authorizing Vigilantism appeared first on ThinkProgress.
"If the court rules the state's got the burden, I think it's going to open the door for a lot of lawyers to use the immunity statute that were not using it." The post The Florida Supreme Court Is Hearing A Case That Could Make Stand Your Ground Even Worse appeared first on ThinkProgress.
Calling gay people a “health risk.” Pushing climate change denial in schools. Supporting controversial Voter ID laws. Doubling down on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. These are among the uglier stances taken by the American Legislative Executive Council or ALEC. Show More Summary
Shoot first, ask questions never. Some folks down in Florida have decided that their Stand Your Ground law isn't working out after all. That would be the law that allows you (generally presuming "you" are a white male with anger management issues) to kill anyone you want so long as you can make a good case that they were threatening you. Show More Summary
An appeal before the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday could shift the burden of proof for the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, relieving gun owners of a legal duty to prove self-defense when they brandish weapons in violent confrontations. If the high court sides with Jared Bretherick, who was...
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - An appeal before the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday could shift the burden of proof for the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, relieving gun owners of a legal duty to prove self-defense when they brandish weapons in violent confrontations. Show More Summary
Another feel good story sent by Chief Tango, this one is from South Carolina; A man who shot a suspected thief will not face charges because of the state’s so-called “Stand Your Ground,” law. But deputies have charged the suspect, Thomas Smith, who they said was trying to steal scrap metal when the property owner […]
At my bridal shower, my guests filled out note cards of advice. One said “know when to keep your peace and when to stand your ground, and make sure your fights count.” I had no idea what that advice meant entering my marriage. Over time, though, it has become something I’ve come back to over Keep Reading ?
Marissa Alexander had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she said was a warning shot at her husband and his two children in 2010. Under the plea deal, she would serve 65 more days.
Abuse victim Marissa Alexander accepted a plea deal for shooting a gun in self-defense, in the presence of her abuser, in Florida, a Stand Your Ground state. She was originally sentenced to a ridiculous 20 years in jail. [MSNBC] There will be a press conference today about the Ferguson Grand Jury decision on whether or [...]
Last weekend I went on cable to talk about media diversity, including how both legacy media and startups, for- and non-profit, were living in a post-racial America that doesn't exist -- meaning, not hiring people of color and not caring if they get called out about it. Show More Summary
The Liberty Counsel yesterday advised state officials not to resign over same-sex marriage because no lawsuit can then be brought on their behalf. Via press release: "Stand your ground. Do not voluntarily resign your post when confronted...Show More Summary
“Tillis even led the effort to pass the kind of ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws that caused the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.” – radio ad sponsored by Senate Majority PAC, referring to Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis This radio ad, captured by a conservative blogger, has inspired outrage in the closely fought election campaign between […]
South Carolina has an expansive "stand your ground" law that paves the way for someone to get immunity from prosecution by declaring that they killed another person in self-defense. Liberals have been critical of these laws, arguingShow More Summary
A couple of unrelated stories saying the same thing — first, following up yesterday’s post on how gun rights “trump” everything else these days, here’s a story from South Carolina about prosecutors who say “stand your ground” laws don’t apply to domestic violence situations. In November 2012, Whitlee Jones fatally stabbed her partner, Eric Lee. […]
In Florida, Stand Your Ground was used as the foundation of George Zimmerman's defense after he shot and killed Trayvon Martin. In South Carolina, it was used to defend a man who walked out of the house with a gun to confront "women thugs" who had threatened his daughter; he ended up shooting a teenage boy in his car instead. Show More Summary
“We believe that applying the statute so that its reach into our homes and personal relationships is inconsistent with (its) wording and intent.” The post South Carolina Prosecutors Say Stand Your Ground Doesn’t Apply To Victims Of Domestic Violence appeared first on ThinkProgress.
On Wednesday a Florida jury found Michael Dunn guilty of first-degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis after an argument over loud music at a Jacksonville gas station in 2012. Dunn had already been convicted on...Show More Summary
AP/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday convicted Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, of murdering African-American teenager Jordan Davis. Dunn opened fire on Davis and three of the 17-year-old’s...Show More Summary