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Author Of Stand Your Ground Changes Reacts To Judge Ruling New Law Unconstitutional

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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.

Under a new law already in effect, a person claiming Stand Your Ground no longer has to prove their self-defense claim is justified to a judge during a pre-trial immunity hearing, to avoid a trial. Now, that burden shifts to prosecutors.

The 2017 law stems from a dissenting opinion of a 2015 Florida Supreme Court Ruling. Most of the justices ruled the burden should lie with the defendant during the self-defense immunity hearing.

And, Monday, Miami Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch stated due to that high court decision, the legislature’s move to revise the law this year is unconstitutional.

But, Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island)—the new law’s author—disagrees.

“I would be surprised if it were upheld on appeal,” he said.

The statewide impacts of this is unclear, as Hirsch made this decision Monday based on two cases before him.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.