Florida’s Stand Your Ground law

Sen. David Simmons (R-Altamonte Springs) is the main author of Florida's Stand Your Ground law.
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Last week, Florida’s Stand Your Ground law took center stage as people rallied, protested, and marched over the killing of a black unarmed man during a dispute over a handicapped parking space.

The shooter, a white man, was never arrested. That is, until earlier this week, when the Pinellas County State Attorney decided to file charges.

Last week, Sascha Cordner spoke to the main author of Stand Your Ground, who weighed in on the case and the law before the charges were filed. But, first, what led up to this point?

Joined by her Attorney Ben Crump and others, Brittany Jacobs speaks during a news conference inside a Tallahassee church prior to a march to the capitol Wednesday.
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Last month’s killing of a man during a dispute over a parking space has revived the conversation about a repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The overall debate surrounding the controversial self defense law is also having an impact on Florida's elections.

Tallahassee Attorney Ben Crump speaking during a news conference inside a Tallahassee church prior to marching to the capitol Wednesday.
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Joined by the girlfriend of a black man who was shot dead by a white man over a disabled parking spot at a Clearwater convenience store, black pastors, civil rights leaders and politicians marched to Governor Rick Scott’s office Wednesday to demand a repeal of the state’s controversial “stand your ground law.”

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The democratic frontrunner for Florida Attorney General is calling for an end to the state’s “stand your ground” law following a Pinellas County shooting.

An attorney for convicted murderer Michael Dunn told the First District Court of Appeal on Tuesday his client deserves to go free.

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On Tuesday, lawmakers take up the Florida Legislature's first pro-gun bill since the terrorists attack in Paris. Republican Representative Dennis Baxley’s bill makes it easier for a potential crime victim to invoke a so-called “stand your ground,” defense.

Capital Report: 12-05-2014

Dec 5, 2014

Florida recently received rulings in two cases the state’s governor had heavily supported. Both the cases reaffirm rulings against the state, but Regan McCarthy reports some doubt the findings will keep Governor Rick Scott from pushing both the cases forward.