Posted By Levi
February 25th, 2014 6:26pm
I have already written about Florida’s “Stand You Ground” laws describing them as a license to kill. See here and here. Apparently, when it comes to guns, we have lost all basic common sense. My friend, Digby, reminds me of this.
No, this is not a joke:
A blind man in Florida who was acquitted after shooting his friend to death under Florida’s “stand your ground” law got his guns back on Thursday, according to WESH Orlando.
It’s hard to know where to start with the absurdity.
Blind man has a gun.
Blind man shoots a friend of his with that gun.
Blind man is acquitted of killing his friend under stand your ground law which says you can shoot anyone who scares you (after all he couldn’t see it was his friend.)
Blind man gets his guns back
Police confiscated both of John Wayne Rogers’ guns when he was arrested for shooting a friend in the chest during a fight in his Geneva, Fla. home in March 2012. He was granted immunity after ci Read More
Posted By Levi
January 21st, 2014 8:09pm
On Thursday, an Orlando man shot and killed a 21-year-old who was fleeing his yard. He didn’t appear to be stealing anything, according to witness accounts. He didn’t appear to be threatening anybody. But Claudius Smith said he feared he was a burglar, followed him over the fence to a neighboring apartment complex, where he shot him after he said he felt threatened, according to a confession documented in an Orlando Police Department report. Smith even said he feared victim Ricardo Sanes was armed “because his pants were falling down” and his hands were in his hoodie pockets.
Now, questions are emerging about whether Smith will also invoke the state’s Stand Your Ground law, which gained notoriety over the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, shot in a Florida residential development while wearing a hoodie. . .
According to statements by Smith’s girlfriend, Angela Kemraj, to police, the incident started when she saw a man in the yard on surveillance cameras an Read More
Posted By Levi
According to one of the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin, the jury was told to take into consideration Florida’s “stand your ground” laws in their deliberations.
What are these laws and how might they have contributed to the death of Trayvon Martin?
There is an old common law principle called the “Castle Doctrine.” This doctrine says that if an intruder invaded your home, you have the right to use reasonable force, including deadly force, to protect your home and yourself. It’s from the old dictum “a man’s home is his castle,”and, as such, you have the right to protect it. Sounds fairly reasonable.
However, in 2005 Florida became the first state to expand the premise of the castle doctrine outside the home and into public spaces. The state passed a set of laws known as “stand your ground” laws.
The law states that “a person who is n Read More