Trayvon Martin and Florida's Stand Your Ground Law

Thumbnail image for standyourground.jpgAt the heart of the Trayvon Martin controversy is what's known as the "Stand Your Ground" law. Introduced in Florida in 2005, the law eliminates a citizen's duty to retreat before using deadly force if attacked outside the home, and grants immunity from prosecution or civil lawsuits in self-defense cases.  Similar laws have been adopted by over a dozen states since it was introduced in Florida.  Brent spoke to Miami Herald crime reporter David Ovalle about the law.

 

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