State Politics

May 20, 2014

'Confusing 'Stand Your Ground' bill confounds even its sponsor

When lawmakers passed the “warning shot” bill during the 2014 session, a key selling point was it would prevent cases like that of Marissa Alexander, a Jacksonville woman sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a shot to ward off her estranged husband. But the 26-page bill, awaiting action by Gov. Rick Scott, not only wouldn’t prevent future cases like Alexander’s, but it seems to shrink — not expand — the protections of Florida’s infamous “Stand Your Ground” law.

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