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Old April 20, 2012, 01:05 PM   #20
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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Originally Posted by jimpeel
Stand your ground laws can also ensnare the innocent.

This woman was being choked and threatened by her ex-husband, who had a restraining order against him, so she fired a shot into the ceiling to scare him off. She has been convicted for standing her ground. She is facing 25 years in prison....
[1] I'm curious why this case suggests that SYG laws can ensnare the innocent. The source material is short on hard facts and long on editorial comment, so I wonder exactly how the prosecution advanced its theory in court and how the defense handled things.

[2] I also wonder how this would have turned out differently under the prior law.

[3] But in any case, this illustrates that a SYG law is not a "get out of jail free" card.
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