As an Arizona criminal defense attorney in Mesa, I have found it interesting how the George Zimmerman trial has created a national debate about the wisdom of so-called “stand your ground” laws. Many states have enacted such statutes which basically remove the ancient requirement that one had a duty to retreat prior to claiming self-defense. Although Florida was the first state (in 2005) to adopt a “stand your ground” statute, the legal concept has been around more than a century.
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