Florida Senate “Stand Your Ground” panel advocates for lawsuits against people who lawfully defend themselves

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The Orlando Sentinel reports that an ad hoc Florida state Senate panel, drawn together specifically to advocate changes to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, has emerged to announce that there should be changes to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. The key change sought by the panel is to impose limits on the immunity from civil liability for people who lawfully defend themselves against lethal attack. In other words, people who act in lawful self-defense would once again be subject civil damage lawsuits even after an acquittal of any criminal wrongdoing.

Ironically, the changes advocated by the “Stand Your Ground” committee do not target Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute at all–§776.013(3). Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm—but rather seek to undermine Florida’s self-defense immunity statute—§776.032. Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.

For more coverage on this, see my full-length post over at Legal Insurrection:

Florida Senate “Stand Your Ground” panel advocates for lawsuits against people who lawfully defend themselves

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