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    The DOJ will have a hard time justifying Federal Civil Rights charges, given the outcome of their own investigation, and an even harder time getting a conviction, given the burden of proof they'd have to meet.

    A civil suit is barred by Florida law.

    As for "Stand Your Ground", it's pretty common. Most states have never had a "duty to retreat" in their self-defense laws, and most of the ones that did have removed it. There are 19 states that have some form of "duty to retreat":

    Northeast/Mid-Atlantic: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island.
    Midwest/Plains: Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin.
    West: Hawaii, Wyoming.

     Adding one isn't going to happen, and reinstating it in the states that used to have one but got rid of it is unlikely.


    "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." -- Emiliano Zapata Salazar
    "Dissent is patriotic. Blind obedience is treason." --me

    by Leftie Gunner on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 09:28:31 PM PDT

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