Where do you stand on the Stand your Ground Law…good law or bad law!!!


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Julius Jacobs (above) was shot and killed July 5, but his shooter won’t face homicide charges under Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ self-defense law.

Tyrone Pierson, Teen Who Shot Man, Won’t Face Homicide Charges Under ‘Stand Your Ground’

A Florida teen who killed a man during a confrontation last month will not face homicide charges under the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

In a release Tuesday, prosecutors said that Tyrone Pierson, 17, was justified in using deadly force on Julius Jerome Jacobs.

Witnesses told police that Jacobs, a 40-year-old community choir director, came after Pierson and two other teens with a large stick following an argument over alleged speeding July 5. According to authorities, Pierson shot Jacobs in the head, killing him.

Under Florida law, it is illegal for minors under 18 to possess a concealed firearm, other than an unloaded one in their home, but “Stand Your Ground” “qualifies [Pierson] for immunity from any homicide charges even though he illegally possessed the gun as a minor without a concealed carry permit,” Think Progress noted.

Pierson will face two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, and an additional charge of evidence tampering, because he initially lied about the location of the gun, prosecutors said.

The Ocala Star Banner reported that Pierson’s friends, who were with him during the altercation that led to Jacobs’ death, avoided conflict by running away.

Although the paper noted that Pierson fired a shot while fleeing, he had no duty to retreat because of the “Stand Your Ground” law.

“Stand Your Ground” has been heavily criticized in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. Scrutiny of the law intensified after neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of the unarmed teenager.

Last week, Florida lawmakers agreed to hold hearings on the controversial self-defense law this fall.

Although the move was initially perceived to be a major concession to protesters by Florida conservatives, the appointment of Rep. Matt Gaetz, a staunch backer of the law, to oversee the hearings tempered expectations.

Gaetz told the Tampa Bay Times that he’s looking forward to the hearings so that he can offer a “full-throated defense of the law.”

“I don’t support changing one damn comma of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law,” Gaetz told the newspaper on Friday. “It would be reactionary and dangerous to make Floridians less safe to pacify uninformed protesters.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/08/tyrone-pierson-stand-your-ground_n_3725858.html

Rush Limbaugh’s Long, Slow March to Irrelevance


Don’t listen to the headlines—Rush Limbaugh’s talk radio supremacy ain’t over just yet. But it’s long been clear that his glory days are behind him. John Avlon on the final days of toxic right-wing talk.

Fox News presented an hour-long Rush Limbaugh infomercial on Greta Van Susteren’s show Tuesday night, allowing the embattled talk radio giant to offer up uncontested howlers like this: “I get more grief than the al Qaeda gets.” And this: “I don’t see any pushback [by the GOP] against anything Obama wants to do [by the GOP].” And finally this: “I can’t remember a time when it’s been more partisan, more divisive and getting worse—and being done on purpose.”

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Radio talk show host and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh. (Bill Pugliano/Getty)
While Greta also found time to ask Rush’s opinion about the Zimmerman verdict (he pronounced it “uplifting”), no questions were asked about the big story that has Limbaugh in limbo: a Sunday night report by Dylan Byers at Politico that suggested Rush and his right-wing talk colleague Sean Hannity are on the verge of being dropped by Cumulus radio.

The report follows months of complaints by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey about the impact of an advertiser boycott of Rush enacted after he called birth-control advocate Sandra Fluke a “slut” back in early 2012—a drought that has resulted in some $2.4 million in associated losses over the first quarter of 2013 alone as The Daily Beast reported in May. Combine those losses with the high cost of running Rush—his last contract, an eight-year inked in 2008, had a $400 million price tag—and an aging fan base of white men and at best you’ve got a recipe for renegotiations. At worst: ejection.

Article continueshttp://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/31/rush-limbaugh-s-long-slow-march-to-irrelevance.html