Florida Poised to Strengthen ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense

MIAMI — Florida, which spearheaded the country’s use of the “stand your ground” defense, is poised to significantly alter its self-defense laws, making it easier for defendants to use them.

The Florida Legislature is on the verge of passing legislation that would bolster self-defense laws and shift the burden to prosecutors during immunity hearings to show that such laws should not apply.

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