In response to Beach-Spider's comment:
Sorry to say that none of you were in FL prior to the enactment of the 'SYG' law/s.
The original purpose was to provide property owners a means from being 'ripped off'and simply having to wait for the police to show up.
Had the property owner of displayed a weapon or shot the vandal/s they could be charged accordingly!
So the Republicans came up with a stand your ground law in order to enable self preservation of property.
But the original statute was loosely written to the extent that one could murder another simply by inviting them onto their property, killing them and then 'drop a weapon' beside the body before calling the police.
One can be certain that many a murder has been planned and accomplished because of the loop-holes in the new 2005 statute.
Many changes and interpretations have been made to this extremely controversial law since 2005.
Now .. Due to this controversial trial one can be certain more changes will be forthcoming.
Yes .. Florida has a really 'screwed up' legal system for sure ...
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Thank you for this. There is one poster in particular on the Globe news site who comments (not BDC, but the pay site) who lives in Florida, who has been one of the most informed, if not the most informative poster I have seen on this issue. He has taken more time to discuss this issue than anyone else; he feels that strongly about it.
People don't want to listen. They don't want to hear it directly from the source. The law / measure has been greatly distorted, as you say. The original intent is no longer the rule.
He, and others from Florida (such as yourself, Beach), say that you have to see it and live it to believe it. Florida is the place to be if you shoot someone dead, because you will more than likely "walk", but if you shoot your gun up in the air, you will land yourself a prison sentence. Yeah, messed up for sure. :)