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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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