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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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Willie Meggs’ announcement Monday, that he would not seek another term as Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney soon turned to reminiscence.  The veteran prosecutor shared some highlights and low-lights of what will be thirty-two years in office with reporters.

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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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Should the Florida Supreme Court or the state Legislature have the power to shift the burden of proof to a defendant or the state prosecutor in a Stand Your Ground case? That question was recently before the high court as well as the Legislature earlier this year. So, could that come back into play again next legislative session?

The Case Before The Court

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Is a measure aiming to tweak Florida’s Stand Your Ground law dead this year? While some believe that effort is over, others—including the law’s main author—don’t seem to think so.

Last month, a proposal aimed at tweaking the controversial law began to move again, when it passed the Senate Criminal Justice Committee—the bill’s second stop.

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State Attorneys say they’re against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.  At least one of those prosecutors says he’s also dead set against the so-called bipartisan tweak bill now moving in the Senate.

Tallahassee State Attorney Willie Meggs is railing against an NRA-backed provision in the bill that he insists would “make a bad policy a lot worse.” He says he opposes Stand Your Ground because Florida residents no longer feel they have the duty to retreat in a situation that could call for it.

UPDATE: TPD Releases Jameis Winston Investigation Reports

Dec 5, 2013
David July

Update 3:40 p.m.

Following  State Attorney Willie Meggs' news conference, Tim Jansen, the attorney for FSU quarterback Jameis Winston, says affidavits will show the encounter was consensual between him and the complainant. He adds Winston's behavior was a normal, collegiate "one-night stand."

As for the announcement regarding no charges to be filed against anyone in the sex assault investigation, Jansen says Winston gave him a hug and was happy with the decision, even taking an exam Thursday afternoon.

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A House committee has named a date when it’ll discuss a bill that would repeal Florida's Stand Your Ground law. The scheduling was announced the same week as a Tallahassee forum where critics weighed in about the controversial law.

Tallahassee Police Department website

District Two State Attorney Willie Meggs is voicing concerns about how Tallahassee Police officers handled the arrest of an intoxicated woman last month.

The state attorney for Florida’s Second Judicial Circuit is on the November sixth ballot. Long-time incumbent Willie Meggs and challenger, former statewide prosecutor Pete Williams, compare and contrast their prosecutorial philosophies.