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

Sunday, March 2, 2014

How media cover "stand-your-ground" provisions

This recent Reuters story is interesting:

A Georgia man who last November shot and killed a 72-year-old Alzheimer's patient who rang at his front door will not be charged with a crime because the homeowner feared for his safety, a county prosecutor said on Friday.

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Under Georgia's 2006 "stand your ground" self-defense law, citizens have no duty to retreat if they feel threatened, in or outside the home, Franklin said.

If you read further, you are told that the victim didn't stop at ringing the front doorbell, but also went around the side and back of the house. When he was ordered at gunpoint to stop advancing, he was shot. You never find out that "stand your ground" laws are not the source of the rule that people don't need to retreat from their own homes before employing deadly force.

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