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.
It was historic when Michael Monahan walked out of the Palm Beach County Jail…
by Tactical-Life.com / Sep 13, 2011