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    Nothing.

    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.

    --Shannon

    "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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