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Florida's Kill Anyone You Want 'Stand Your Ground' law is in effect!
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: June 09, 2017 06:10PM

He was lookin' funny at me, your honor. Course I kilt him!

Florida law shifts burden of proof in 'stand your ground'
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida is now the first state with a law that spells out that prosecutors, and not defendants, have the burden of proof in pretrial "stand your ground" hearings.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Friday that will force prosecutors to prove during a pretrial hearing that defendants weren't acting in self-defense when they committed an act of violence. The law took effect as soon as Scott signed it.

Before Friday, the burden of proof in pretrial hearings was on defendants. The Florida Supreme Court issued a ruling in 2015 that made that clear. Republican lawmakers responded to the ruling by pushing the bill Scott signed.

Only four of the other 21 state "stand your ground" laws mention burden of proof - Alabama, Colorado, Georgia and South Carolina - and all place it on defendants.
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Re: Florida's Kill Anyone You Want 'Stand Your Ground' law is in effect!
Posted by: Surfrider
Date: June 09, 2017 07:38PM
Rick Scott is a real prince...
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