PS Also, the more I read about the Zimmerman case, the more I realize that SYG *was* relevant to the final ruling; even though Zimmerman's attorneys never specifically invoked the law in their defense (they actually made a point to NOT use it), the judge's final instructions sent out to the jury prior to their deliberation included an endorsement of the law's main provision, effectively determining that in Florida, SYG is assumed to be implied in all such cases by default:
This order is taken straight from the raw text of provision 3 of the SYG legislation, which reads:Quote:
"If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in anyplace where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."
--Debra S. Nelson, Circuit Judge
A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
tonight this fool followed me home 10 blocks from walgreens saying "I'll pay you to answer 5 questions. come here. I GO TO UT." when I started running to a gas station he started to run too and yelled "I'm not trying to creep you out!!!!" there are bajillions of skeelos in this world trying to get their rape on, and their fight on, and their murder on and lurkers need to be sensitive to that, and anticipate getting their ass kicked from time to time for being a lurky creepyass. who gets butthurt when they act creepy and murdery and rapey as fuck and the victim of their lurkery retaliates? racists, perverts, murderers... duh. that's why they do it!
This is a really good point. Stand Your Ground can be abused, but rape laws and affirmative action laws are also easily abused. I still don't really agree with Stand Your Ground nor the Castle Doctrine, but for different reasons. The fact that a law can be abused it not a good reason to be against it.