Could Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law Be Amended?
According to an article in the Palm Beach Post yesterday, in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting earlier this year, Florida Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale has filed SB 136 in an attempt to curtail the current stand your ground law. Florida criminal defense and criminal appeals attorneys might like to follow this bill as it travels through the bowels of the Legislature. The gist of the amendment appears to limit the stand your ground defense in the case of pursuit of an alleged trespasser or assailant, or if the person claiming the stand your ground defense leaves a place of safety to place him or herself in proximity to a situation that might call for the use of force. To view the text of the bill, which was just filed on December 19, 2012, click here.