LI: Florida Senate Eases Threshold for Self-Defense Immunity

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From my post over at Legal Insurrection:

Yesterday, on the 4th anniversary of the self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin, we wrote about Florida’s just enacted changes to its “10-20-Life” mandatory minimum sentencing law in the context of aggravated assault and self-defense.

There is also another substantive change to the state’s self-defense law that is advancing through the Florida legislature: a reduction in the threshold for obtaining criminal and civil self-defense immunity.

More specifically, the Florida senate has approved a change to the state’s self-defense immunity law that would require state prosecutors to disprove self-defense by clear and convincing evidence in order to deny a defendant immunity from prosecution (and civil suit).

Although this change to self-defense immunity is not yet law, it has been modified from a less tenable version such that its prospects for becoming law are much improved. Let’s take a look at the specifics of this proposed change.

Florida State Senate Lowers Threshold For Obtaining Self-Defense Immunity

The Florida senate has approved a change to the state’s self-defense immunity law such that instead of a defendant having to prove self-defense by a preponderance of the evidence, as is currently the law, state prosecutors would have to disprove self-defense by clear and convincing evidence.

Do read the whole thing by clicking here.