Texas’ Stand Your Ground Law: An Historical Perspective
Presenting at Texas Bar Association CLE, Austin, September 2016
25 Pages Posted: 18 May 2016 Last revised: 29 Aug 2016
Date Written: May 17, 2016
In the aftermath of the Treyvon Martin shooting in Florida, Stand Your Ground laws have acquired an unsavory reputation. These laws and their close cousin, castle doctrine, have an interesting history, especially with respect to protecting victims of domestic violence. Texas’ Stand Your Ground law differs substantially from that of Florida, with much greater restraints on use of deadly force.
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