Stand Your Ground Law

Man who yelled, threated FAMU students with gun at Stadium Centre apartments in Tallahassee is being investigated for aggravated assault.
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Tallahassee police are getting calls and emails from around the world after a cellphone video taken at the Stadium Centre Apartments on Gaines Street went viral.

A man whose name hasn’t been released is seen confronting a group of FAMU students trying to get into the building last weekend. 

The video contains graphic language.

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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As both sides of the Stand Your Ground issue weigh in, what impact could a Florida judge calling legislative changes to the state’s Stand Your Ground law unconstitutional have statewide?

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The Florida lawmaker who authored this year’s changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law says the legislature does have the right to update the law. It’s in response to a judge’s ruling Monday declaring the revised version unconstitutional.

Gun rights supporters as well as gun control advocates are declaring victory over this year’s Florida legislative session. But, they’re marking some disappointments as well.

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A gun rights group is declaring victory, after Governor Rick Scott signed a Stand Your Ground-related bill into law last week.

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Instead of heading to the Governor, a Stand Your Ground-related bill is now headed back to the Senate for approval. That’s after the House passed its own version of the bill Wednesday.

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A number of NRA-backed bills are now headed to the House floor. That includes a bill making changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and another allowing guns on private school property.

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Gun control advocates joined Florida Democrats at the Capitol Thursday, calling on the Republican-controlled legislature to hear their gun safety bills.

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A Stand Your Ground-related bill passed the Florida Senate Wednesday, but not without some opposition.

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A Stand Your Ground-related bill is now teed up for a vote in the full Florida Senate. But, a bipartisan push to water down the bill Thursday is angering some gun rights groups.

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A controversial Stand Your ground-related bill is now starting to move in the House.

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A bill making changes to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is now headed to the Senate floor, after passing its last committee Thursday. One of its ardent supporters is Marissa Alexander—the Jacksonville woman who faced 60 years in prison for firing a warning shot in an alleged domestic dispute.

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Will a Stand Your Ground-related bill starting to move through the legislature have a disproportionate impact on minorities? While opponents of the bill appear to think so, supporters insist the bill is “color blind.”

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Prosecutors will have to prove their case against defendants under a Stand Your Ground bill approved Tuesday in its first legislative committee. Currently, if the defendant proves their claim during a pre-trial immunity hearing, they can avoid a trial.

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When Florida lawmakers come back to Tallahassee this week, the mother of slain teen Jordan Davis is set to come as well. She’ll be speaking against a Stand Your Ground-related measure that’s slated to get its first committee hearing Tuesday.

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A state lawmaker has refiled his bill relating to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.

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The mother of slain teen Jordan Davis is speaking out against the gun-related bills moving through the legislature, especially one relating to Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.

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Florida lawmakers are moving forward an effort to change the role of State Attorneys who prosecute a Stand Your Ground case.

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Some Florida lawmakers are hoping to revive an effort that could change the role of State Attorneys prosecuting a “Stand Your Ground” case. And, some prosecutors are also against another bill giving judges more discretion in handing out mandatory 10-20-Life sentences.

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The Florida Legislature held a moment of silence for civil rights leader Julian Bond, who passed away over the weekend.

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The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled on a case relating to Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law. The matter—which pit State prosecutors against public defenders and defense lawyers—was also a matter of contention during last year’s legislative session.

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George Zimmerman will not face federal civil rights charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, and some state legislators, like Sen. Dwight Bullard (D-Miami), say they're not too happy about Tuesday’s Justice Department’s announcement.

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