Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Winter 2016

Abstract

This paper will examine Florida's Stand Your Ground law by analyzing the origins and purpose of the law, vis-a-vis comparative analysis, and by discussing the application of this law. It will compare the stories of victims and further dissect the necessity and benefits of the Stand Your Ground laws, and examine in particular how it has affected the citizens of Florida and the nation. This Article will examine unforeseen outcomes derived from the enactment of a law meant for the common good and will further discuss how the Castle Doctrine evolved into the current Stand Your Ground laws. It will use a comparative approach to examine the origins of Stand Your Ground laws; and provide anecdotal cases of how the law has been applied in Florida, which has led to disparate, conflicting, and confusing results in many Florida courts.