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Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
‘Stand Your Ground’ Fails to Deter Crime

This is Part Two of a four-part series on Stand Your Ground Laws. Please see Part One: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Isn’t Making Anyone Safer [Video] and Part Three: Task Force Examines Racial Bias in Stand Your Ground Laws, Part Four: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Means More Homicides. After George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the second-degree murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin on July 13, “stand your ground” (SYG) seems to have permanently entered the public lexicon. Although Zimmerman and his lawyers chose to forego …

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Posted 4 years ago in Criminal Law Your Personal Rights by Betsy Kim  
Are You For or Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws? [Poll]

Stand Your Ground laws are based on the principle that a person whose life is threatened has the right to use deadly force in self-defense without the duty to first retreat from the attacker. The laws prohibit arrest and prosecution and often also grant civil immunity to the shooter. Lawyers.com reported a Texas A&M University study showed no decrease in crime but an increase in homicides in states with Stand Your Ground laws, while the Gun Owners of America responded …

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