Revised Florida Stand-Your-Ground law is unconstitutional

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Google On Monday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that Florida legislators reached beyond their authority by amending the state’s Stand-Your Ground-Law earlier this. The change in the law would give prosecutors authority to disprove a defendant’s self-defense claim in attacking someone during a pre-trial hearing. According to Judge Hirach only the Florida Supreme Court has the authority to effect changes to the law. The law “cannot be legislatively modified” the judge wrote in his ruling.Since its inception under the administration of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2005, the law which gives residents in the state the right to defend themselves by deadly force, usually by the gun, if they believe they are being attacked in or out their home has been controversial.The controversy peaked in 2013 when community watchman George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of North Miami teenager Trayvon Martin. Martin was on his way from a convenience store and walking to his father’s home in a Sanford, Florida, residential community when he was accosted by Zimmerman who assumed he was a criminal. Zimmerman’s defense claimed he shot Martin in self-defense because he felt his life was threatened by the teenager.Most state prosecutors opposed the law seeing it as a means for those accused of murder and other gun-related charges to be acquitted by claiming they were defending their lives by the act of violence.It is believed by the opponents of the law that the ruling by Judge Hirsch’s could be the beginning of other courts in Florida ruling likewise resulting in an appeal for the revised law to be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court.Since the Travyon Martin shooting, and Zimmerman’s acquittal several attempts have been made by Florida Democratic legislators to repeal or change the law, arguing that it gives people with guns the right to shoot a victim indiscriminately, with a chance to be acquitted. However, Governor Rick Scott has remained adamant in not repealing the law.The Florida Supreme Court previously ruled that defendants in shooting cases who seek immunity from criminal prosecution under the law must offer solid proof they were acting in self-defense.Despite strong opposition from prosecutors and gun-control advocates, the Florida Legislature amended the original law to place the burden on state prosecutors to prove through convincing evidence that a defendant was not acting in self-defense. If prosecutors succeed in disproving the self-defense claim at the pre-trail hearing they would need to do this again at the actual trial.last_img read more

CAFCL: We will not return Champions League trophy and medals – Esperance

first_imgEsperance de Tunis say they will not return the trophy and medals of the CAF Champions League to CAF as instructed and will take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sports.The Tunisians were ordered to return the CAF Champions League trophy and medals and replay the second leg of their final with Wydad Casablanca, following an Emergency CAF Executive Committee meeting in Paris.The Tunisian side led 1-0 in Saturday’s second leg but Moroccan opponents Wydad Casablanca left the pitch after an equaliser they scored was disallowed.Wydad wanted the video assistant referee to check if the goal should stand but the system was not working.After more than 90 minutes delay, Esperance were declared Champions.The Confederation of African Football (Caf) said the second leg will be replayed at a neutral venue.The 1-1 draw from the first leg in Morocco stands.The replay will be after the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which ends on 19 July.A Caf statement said “conditions of game and safety were not met” in the second leg and made clear Esperance players must return their winners’ medals as well as the trophy.But Esperance immediately responded in a tweet that they will treat the CAF Exco decisions with complete disregard.The Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed also took to twitter to salute the Tunisian security forces and says “those who question Tunisia’s security should assume the responsibility.”He has also praised Esperance fans for their discipline and says he will not give up Esperance’s or any Tunisian team’s rights.last_img read more