Florida stand Your ground law?


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Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Mar 10, 2017 - 12:46pm PT

Texters are not fair game in Florida.
A Florida judge has denied a "'stand your ground" defense for a retired Florida police officer who fatally shot a man in a movie theater over texting.

Judge Susan Barthle ruled Friday that 74-year-old Curtis Reeves must stand trial in the death of 43-year-old Chad Oulson. Reeves is charged with second-degree murder.

Reeves said he shot Oulson after he was either punched or hit in the face with a cellphone. The judge said video of the events that afternoon didn't support his testimony.

The incident happened in a movie theater in a suburb north of Tampa, after the two men got into an argument because Oulson was texting his daughter's day care provider during the coming attraction trailers.
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Los Angeles, CA
Mar 10, 2017 - 04:47pm PT
Good. I had been watching for the outcome of that case. Straight up murder. Imagine if the shooter had been an African American youth. Do you think he would have gotten the benefit of the stand your ground defense? That law is basically a get out jail free card for cowards with guns.

It's going to get worse though. Despite all kinds of unsavory folks in bar and gang fights invoking the law (where in 68% of cases the victims were unarmed), Florida is looking to push the law further, requiring prosecutors to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the shooter did not reasonably believe they were in danger. I find it fascinating (but far more troubling) that gun owners whine for the 2nd Amendment rights but then seek to enact laws which relieve them of any consequence that comes from carrying around such a dangerous instrument.
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