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Stand Your Ground

'Stand Your Ground' Should Be Repealed

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.03.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

Dunn claims he acted in self-defense, and that he felt "threatened" before opening fire on the vehicle. His attorney argues that Dunn "acted responsibly." He is now calling on a legal hook for his view that his actions were warranted: Florida's deeply misguided "stand your ground" law.

White Man Shoots Black Teen After Argument Over Loud Music

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 11.28.2012 | Black Voices

Florida’s controversial ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is back on the national stage after the murder of yet another unarmed, black teenager. Micha...

'Stand Your Ground' Task Force Releases Controversial Report

Posted 11.16.2012 | Miami

The findings of a state committee tasked to investigate Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law may be as polarizing as the statute itself. ...

Don't Ignore the Evidence: Stand Your Ground Is Bad for Florida

David Hemenway, Ph.D. | Posted 01.13.2013 | Miami
David Hemenway, Ph.D.

Have Stand Your Ground laws had some beneficial impact by allowing law-abiding citizens to protect themselves? The evidence doesn't show that. The Task Force meeting this month should seriously examine the scientific evidence. Lives depend on it.

Prosecutors Reveal Strategy Against Self-Defense Claim

Sun Sentinel | Rafael Olmeda | Posted 12.30.2012 | Miami

Prosecutors on Tuesday gave their first public indication of how they plan to challenge James Patrick Wonder's self-defense claim in the slaying of fe...

Another Controversial 'Stand Your Ground' Case To Court

Sun Sentinel | Rafael Olmeda | Posted 12.27.2012 | Miami

A federal agent is gunned down in a West Broward parking lot. Heavily armed officers swarm the area. Was it a targeted killing? Who pulled the trigger...

'We Have Decided to Turn the Pain Into Power'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.26.2012 | Crime
Marian Wright Edelman

The goal of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for every child in America may not have been realized yet, but it's still the goal we have to meet in order for America to finally live up to its promise. Let's all make sure that happens in Trayvon's case.

Trymaine Lee

Trayvon Martin's Family Raising Funds To Fight 'Stand Your Ground' Laws | Trymaine Lee | Posted 10.15.2012 | Black Voices

The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin have launched a new website and political committee to take aim at the state’s controversial "S...

An Arrest Made In The Shooting Death Of Man Acquitted In 'Stand Your Ground' Case

Posted 09.28.2012 | Miami

A Miami teen has been arrested for the fatal shooting of a man killed just months after being cleared of murder charges in a controversial "Stand Your...

ALEC Teaming Up With Republican Caucus

The Huffington Post | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics

After generating months of controversy for its championing of right-wing policies in state houses, the American Legislative Exchange Council is turnin...

GOP Platform Endorses Shocking Law After Tragic Events

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 08.30.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities ...

Without a Gun, How Many Lives Would Have Been Saved?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Every time another mass shooting happens in the United States, the debate over gun control comes fleetingly to the forefront -- until political fear paralyzes courage and action.

Zimmerman Foregoes 'Stand Your Ground' Defense

AP | KYLE HIGHTOWER | Posted 10.14.2012 | Black Voices

ORLANDO, Fla. — The attorney for the former neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin said Monday he beli...

Bad News For UM-FSU Stabber

AP | Posted 08.10.2012 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A federal immigration agent has lost his "stand-your-ground" appeal in a stabbing at a football game in Florida. A three-judge p...

Zimmerman Will Seek 'stand Your Ground' Hearing

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 10.09.2012 | Black Voices

MIAMI — George Zimmerman will seek to have second-degree murder charges dismissed under Florida's "stand your ground" law in the shooting death ...

Zimmerman's Lawyer To Address Gun Rights Group

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 08.07.2012 | Black Voices

Mark O'Mara, the attorney for George Zimmerman, who is charged with killing Trayvon Martin, is set to speak to a gun rights group next month. Acco...

Jennifer Carrol's Brother In Law Indicted In Alleged Illegal Pill Scheme

Posted 08.01.2012 | Black Voices

Federal authorities have charged the brother-in-law of Jennifer Carroll, Florida's embattled lieutenant governor, with trying to illegally sell prescr...

Trymaine Lee

'Stand Your Ground' Backer Dumped By Two More Major Corporations | Trymaine Lee | Posted 07.26.2012 | Black Voices

The list of major corporations severing ties with right-wing public policy group American Legislative Exchange Council continues to grow with Thursday...

The Aurora Shooting and the Snake Oil Peddlers of the NRA

Randy Turner | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Randy Turner

I am sick of hearing the NRA and its supporters say, "Guns don't kill people, people do." Absolutely, but why in God's name do we have to make it that much easier for them to do so?

Study: 'Stand Your Ground' Helping Criminals

Tampa Bay Times | Kameel Stanley and Connie Humburg | Posted 09.21.2012 | Miami

Maurice Moorer is not the kind of person lawmakers had in mind when they gave Florida the broadest self-defense law in the nation in 2005....

Trymaine Lee

George Zimmerman Unaware Of Stand Your Ground Laws When He Shot Trayvon Martin | Trymaine Lee | Posted 07.19.2012 | Black Voices

In an interview Wednesday night with Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity, George Zimmerman said that when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin back in F...

Is This Case 'Stand Your Ground'?

Posted 07.19.2012 | Miami

A Miami man charged with murdering his ex-wife’s new British husband has petitioned the court to dismiss the case under Florida's “Stand Your Grou...

Man Acquitted By 'Stand Your Ground' Shot Dead

AP | Posted 08.27.2012 | Miami

MIAMI -- A man who won a controversial ruling under Florida's "stand your ground" self-defense law three months ago was fatally shot when he got caugh...

Lead Detective In Trayvon Martin Case Reassigned

AP | KYLE HIGHTOWER | Posted 06.26.2012 | Black Voices

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Sanford police say the lead detective in the Trayvon Martin case has been reassigned to the patrol division at his request. Christop...

Man Who Fatally Shot Neighbor Believed In Gun Safety: Witnesses

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 08.26.2012 | Crime

HOUSTON — The wife of a man who claimed Texas' version of a stand-your-ground law allowed him to fatally shoot a neighbor told jurors Tuesday he...