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Democratic Lawmakers Call for More Study to Determine Fallout of ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Congresswoman is calling for the Justice Department to study the racial impact of “Stand Your Ground” laws, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Cleveland, and a group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter Tuesday to AG Eric Holder to plead for more documentation and study of the laws that permit people to use deadly force before retreating. More than two dozens states have laws similar to “Stand Your Ground.”

The letter states that “Stand Your Ground” laws “are contributing to increases in homicides and firearm injuries and are exacerbating racial disparities in the criminal justice system.”

Atty. General Eric Holder Condemns “Stand Your Ground” Laws


Holder speaking in Fla./from washpost video

By Manuel Roig-Franzia and Sari Horwitz
Washington Post Staff Writers

ORLANDO — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. strongly condemned “Stand Your Ground” laws here Tuesday in a speech to the NAACP that addressed the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The laws “sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods,” Holder said, by “allowing – and perhaps encouraging – violent situations to escalate in public.”

More than 30 states, including Florida, have passed “Stand Your Ground” laws, which allow people to defend themselves with deadly force, rather than retreating, if they feel they are in danger or a serious felony is about to be committed.

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Sen. Schumer Wants Justice Dept. to Review “Stand Your Ground” Laws

Alum Sen. Charles Schumer

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The shooting of Trayvon Martin is prompting some folks to push for changes in the “Stand Your Ground” laws around the nation that allow people to use force if they think their lives or others are in danger.

The New York Post reports that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he wants the Justice Department to review the law.

“This ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is a whole new concept in our jurisprudence. It basically says, if you fear great physical harm, you can shoot,” said Schumer, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Some people call it ‘Shoot first; ask questions later,'” he added.

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