Author Topic: Florida Senate — again — passes ‘Stand Your Ground’ reforms  (Read 379 times)

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This could be the year the Republican-led Florida Legislature succeeds in enacting a controversial change to the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law that prosecutors warn could lead to a flood of self-defense claims and would force state attorneys to essentially try cases twice.
For the second consecutive session, Florida senators on Wednesday approved a bill (SB 128) from Fleming Island Republican Sen. Rob Bradley to shift the burden of proof — from the defendant to the prosecutor — during the pretrial phase of “Stand Your Ground” cases.
The Senate measure was approved on Wednesday in a 23-15 vote, mostly along party lines and drawing praise from Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart.

“If a prosecutor doesn’t have the evidence to prevail at this immunity hearing … the prosecutor does not have sufficient evidence to win at trial,” said Bradley, himself a former prosecutor. “Innocent people will not go free as a result of this bill; this bill isn’t about creating loopholes.”
Now it’s up to the House to finish considering its bill (HB 245), which has already passed the milestone of clearing the same committee that abruptly killed it before the 2016 session began. It faces only one more hearing — a signal it’s marked as a priority for House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes.
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article138742658.html

More teeth in the Florida law puts the burden on the AG to prove the defendant was not within the law. Prior to this if you did have to defend yourself you could be tied up in court defending your action with the burden on you to prove your case! With this change it will be the prosecutors job to prove you were not acting within your rights! It will be a major win for CCW holders in Florida!

Ready for the poor sobbing Travon stories? The libs will come unglued over this! Will BLM come to Florida to start their riots? We have a stand your ground law and very soon it will be a lot tougher! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


 

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