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FL: Stand your ground delays justice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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So here's a simple question for Florida lawmakers: Who is looking out for the victims? Because we know the state has bent over backward to make sure residents who claim self-defense are not hindered by costly and upsetting delays in the criminal justice system. But what about the families of those who are killed? Now that the "stand your ground' law has created a tricky new layer for prosecutors, who is looking out for the families left broken in the law's wake?

Comment by: dasing (9/16/2017)
Another liberal nutjob, who knows nothing how the law is supposed to work!!!

Comment by: MarkHamTownsend (9/16/2017)
I don't wish to appear .... "insensitive," but since "SYG" laws were intended to protect INNOCENT people from the criminal aggressions of THUGS & MURDERERS, I think that perhaps the deceased would-be-murderer's family ought to be more reflective on the possibility that, had the deceased been provided with a wiser, better, upbringing, just maybe he would remain alive and productive at an HONEST job.
Someone once said, "sympathy for the criminal is cruelty toward the victim."
Try it on for size.

Comment by: PHORTO (9/16/2017)
Jonah Hirsh
Three things:

1) If a person is shot in flagrante delicto comitting a violent felony (think, Trayvon Martin committing aggravated battery and attempted murder), that person isn't the 'victim', the SHOOTER is.

2) In our system defendants are ALWAYS presumed innocent; it is the state that must prove otherwise. SYG provides that protection before an overzealous prosecutor can victimize the defendant yet again by destroying him/her financially by forcing a defense at trial and smearing his/her reputation with all the negative publicity. That's the law's purpose, and it does that quite well.

3) The 'feelings' of the family of a deceased attacker are way down the list of priorities. It isn't the state's job to 'take care of them'.

The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops. Noah Webster, An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution Proposed BV the Late Convention (1787).

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