More accused hope to use Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law to gain freedom.

It was historic when Michael Monahan walked out of the…

It was historic when Michael Monahan walked out of the Palm Beach County Jail last week a free man. One day, he faced up to life in prison for fatally shooting two men who boarded his boat in Riviera Beach. The next day, a judge dismissed the first-degree murder charges against him.

Monahan’s case marks the first time a Palm Beach County judge has dismissed a murder charge under a controversial state law that gives extra protection to people who use force in self-defense.

Across Florida, several other accused murderers have successfully used the state’s 2005 “Stand Your Ground” law to prove they were the real victims.

Gun-rights advocates pushed for the “Stand Your Ground” law in 2004, claiming that innocent people were being unfairly arrested for defending themselves. Previously, a victim could be criminally charged if he or she didn’t first seek an alternative to using force.

Source: Alexia Campbell for Sun Sentinel.

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