An update to Florida’s controversial, seemingly for-whites-only “Stand Your Ground” law was deemed unconstitutional by a Miami judge on Monday.
According to the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that the lawmakers who modified the law this year forcing prosecutors to disprove a defendant’s self-defense claim at a pre-trial hearing was illegitimate.
He ruled that under Florida’s constitution, only Florida Supreme’s Court could have made the change, not the Legislature.
In the very well known Trayvon Martin case of 2012, George Zimmerman, who shot and killed the unarmed 17-year-old, used Stand Your Ground as a successful defense against murder charges.
In another notable case in the same year, Floridian Marissa Alexander, a black woman, was not able to use the Stand Your Ground Law as she defended herself against an on-record violent husband. She initially received a sentence of 20 years, of which she served three.