"Stand You Ground" Law Back in the News

posted by Ryan Gorman - 

Florida's stand your ground law is in the news again for two completely different cases. 

Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone decided he will not lower the bail for Michael Drejka, the Clearwater man who shot Markeis McGlockton in front of his children in the parking lot of a gas station.

Prosecutors utilized both the surveillance footage from the incident and past account's of Drejka’s aggression in their case. 

Drejka's defense attorney attempted to argue that his client poses no flight risk, is unable to afford the $100,000 bail, and has no prior criminal history.

Ultimately, the judge decided to keep the bail amount as is. 

Another Florida case involving the stand your ground law may see a different outcome.

Curtis Reeves is accused of fatally shooting Chad Oulson inside a Wesley Chapel movie theater in 2014 after an argument about cellphone usage. 

Reeves attempted to claim that the shooting fell under stand your ground, but Circuit Judge Susan G. Barthle rejected that claim. 

However, since the incident, Florida has changed the stand your ground law. The burden of proof has been shifted from the defendant to the prosecution. An attorney for Reeves argued this case could be a candidate for a retroactive decision following Florida Supreme Court decisions, and shouldn't move forward at this time. 

Barthle says that although she is frustrated with the amount of time it is taking to come to a decision, she is not ready for trial given the current changes and Supreme Court decisions. 

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