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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

PA: Governor Rendell Vetoes "Stand Your Ground"

Earlier this week, Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania vetoed the "stand your ground" expansion of the common-law "castle doctrine." 

"The bill as passed encourages the use of deadly force, even when safe retreat is available, and advances a 'shoot first, ask questions later' mentality," Rendell said in a statement issued Saturday afternoon. "I do not believe that in a civilized society we should encourage violent and deadly confrontation when the victim can safely protect themselves."

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys' Association supported the veto: 

"Pennsylvania already has a strong castle doctrine," said Dauphin County District Attorney Edward M. Marsico Jr., president of the state's District Attorneys Association. "Citizens already possess the right to defend themselves in their homes."

Governor-elect Tom Corbett has indicated he would sign "stand your ground" if it reaches his desk next year.  The Philadelphia Inquirer has the story.


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To me, the Castle Doctine is a way to present yourself as pro-voter and anti-criminal. Could someone compile a list of civil or even criminal cases by an intruder against a homeowner? It is going to be a crazy short list.

Posted by: Ron Miller | Dec 9, 2010 12:21:01 PM

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