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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, December 28, 2009

"Florida's 2005 Stand Your Ground law, which broadens a citizen's right to use deadly force, is vexing courts across the state"

The story is in the Miami Herald:

No one disputes that Maurice Moorer fired more than a dozen bullets to kill a rival sitting in a car in West Little River last year.

Moorer claimed self-defense. Police detectives begged to differ.

But prosecutors say they were forced to drop a murder charge against Moorer because of the controversial 2005 ``Stand Your Ground'' self-defense law that broadened a citizen's ability to use deadly force.

``There is no law now that we can point to say Moorer should have backed off, that he should have avoided this,'' said Miami-Dade Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hoague, who says the new law ``cheapens human life.''

Hat tip to Ted Gest.

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Most interesting is the only study of the Florida Stand our ground law.Google "University of Miami law 2008 Stand Your Grond law" to see how deadly this law has turned out to be, for those who are unarmed.

Posted by: Art Hayhoe | Jan 1, 2010 8:06:01 AM

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