University of Pittsburgh

David Harris on Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law

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March 24, 2012

Professor David Harris commented on Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, the first of twenty such laws passed in the U.S. over the last seven years, that allows a person who feels threatened to use force, even deadly force, instead of retreating safely when possible to do so.  This use of this law, relied upon by the shooter in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, has mushroomed in the last several years, and it will continue to do so in all the states with these laws.  According to Professor Harris, stand your ground laws go too far toward justifying vigilantism.  The Trayvon Martin incident, Professor Harris said, "will not end up as an isolated case."

Read the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article here.

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