Michael Dunn’s murder trial in the shooting of teenager Jordan Davis - like the Trayvon Martin case - has racial overtones. The jury is in the fourth day of what appear to be difficult deliberations.
Can we divest ourselves of Florida, among other states?
The article is worth a read, mainly for its analysis of the Floridian notion of “self defense.”
While their deliberations are not known, the jury is definitely wrestling with the law. Florida has pioneered a new era of self-defense laws that have basically jettisoned any need for someone who feels they’re being attacked to try to get away from the situation.
Attorney Cory Strolla argued that justifiable self-defense simply means that someone who feels under threat in a public area, even if they’re never attacked, is justified in employing deadly force.
Look, I own firearms. I also think the NRA is a bunch of ridiculous loons, and threw the various free membership literature one typically receives with new firearms in the shredder while flipping it off.
I don’t agree with laws that state a “duty to flee” in one’s own residence. While they are not without serious practical problems, I agree with limited “castle doctrine” laws that say once somebody breaks into your house, you do not have a duty to flee. I have been and will be flamed for that stance, but I’m about as comfortable with it as I can ever be (e.g., there are a lot of qualifiers).
But no duty to flee in public spaces? What in the fuck?
1. If adjudicated correctly, which they usually are not, these laws would provide a defense to the many, many citizens whose homes are invaded by militarized police if they quite logically choose to resist.