Tag Archives: Stand Your Ground


Posted 10 months ago in Criminal Law by Janet Raasch  
Can You Use Deadly Force to Defend Yourself?

You hear someone trying to enter you house at night. You are accosted by a threatening stranger on the street. In these frightening situations, are you allowed to use deadly force to protect yourself? It depends on where you live. Laws differ from state to state. What may be considered self-defense in one state can be grounds for a murder or manslaughter indictment in another. It is important to know the laws in the state where you live, especially if …

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Posted 11 months ago in Criminal Law gun rights by Betsy Kim  
Stand Your Ground Laws Hurt Blacks [Infographic]

Statistics show in murder trials, black defendants with white victims are more likely to be convicted than when it’s the other way around. The numbers also indicate the Stand Your Ground defense leads to harsher results for blacks compared to whites. The www.topcriminaljusticedegrees.com infographic below notes since 2005, in Non-Stand Your Ground states, white on black killings are justified 10 percent of the time, while in Stand Your Ground states, white on black killings are justified 17 percent of the …

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Posted 12 months ago in Criminal Law gun rights by Sylvia Hsieh  
ALEC Pushed Stand Your Ground Laws in Dozens of States

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. As public protests continue over the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there’s increased scrutiny on ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws like Florida’s statute that allows someone to use deadly force rather than retreat from a confrontation. President Obama has questioned whether such laws contribute to “peace and order” and urged states to review them. The two …

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ALEC Helps Big Business Invade Local Lawmaking State By State

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its annual meeting today in Chicago, celebrating its 40th birthday. The organization is a network of conservative state legislators and some of the biggest corporate giants in the world that work together to influence local lawmaking and put the corporate agenda on the books state by state. Yet in spite of its wide reach, few citizens are even aware …

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Posted 12 months ago in Criminal Law gun rights by Josh Crank  
Pistol-Packing Patron Shoots Armed Waffle House Robber

A would-be armed robber who police say brandished a gun inside a suburban Atlanta Waffle House was shot by an off-duty security guard who was dining at the counter. The security guard, Chad Pollard, was grabbing a 2 a.m. bite with his friend, off-duty Atlanta Police officer Jonathan Sutton. That’s when 21-year-old Ashton MacAfee entered the restaurant with a black bandana concealing his face. He flashed a silver handgun and ordered the cashier to empty the register before pointing his …

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