Sloppy legislation is a basic characteristic of Florida Law. Florida law is written for political appeal and not for the wellbeing or protection of the state or citizen. This is especially the case of ‘stand your ground’ self-defense.
Not only is it poorly written but once written and the faults become obvious there is no effort made to correct the legislation. This becomes painfully obvious in the case of a drug dealer who was acquitted of murder twice: once in 2008 and again in 2010.
“….On two occasions, more than two years apart, he committed homicides but was not charged thanks to provisions of Florida’s “stand your ground” law. Smith claimed self-defense in both cases and prosecutors agreed. He never faced a judge or jury for fatally shooting Nikita Williams, 18, in February 2008 in a drug-related incident or Breon Mitchell, Williams’ 23-year-old half-brother, in December 2010….”
Once again, this is not an aberration or ‘regrettable but unavoidable consequence’ but is just plain sloppy legislation and total disregard for the safety and wellbeing of its citizens.
Then we have the case of a 65 year old man who discharged his shotgun on his own land where no one was hurt and received a sentence of 20 years.
Complicating the issue is that ‘….As The Sun reported on Friday, “Thompson is nearly blind, diabetic and has had multiple heart surgeries. In the past few years, since being imprisoned, he has had surgery on his prostate and to remove tumors from his face….’
Editorial: A double crime