KEY FEATURES • A brief introduction to the U.S. judicial system and to the public policy dimension of judicial decisions provides context for the material. • Criminal and regulatory laws are presented with contrasting views on various contemporary public policy issues, including assault weapons, hate crimes, stand your ground laws, police use of deadly force, and much more. • A question for debate and learning objectives appear at the beginning of each chapter. The debate format features contemporary topical issues that engage students and ask them to consider various points of view. • Brief essays introduce students to each debate and put the issue into context to help students understand how policy issues arise in criminal justice and law. • Summaries of the positions follow the debate sections to ensure students have a clear understanding of the contrasting arguments. • “You Decide” exercises and discussion questions appear at the end of each debate to give students the opportunity to apply what they read to new and novel situations.

Criminal Defense: Stand Your Ground Laws

2.3 Criminal defense: Stand your ground laws

Should the Law of Self-Defense Recognize the Right of Individuals to “Stand Your Ground”?

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the law of self-defense and the duty to retreat under the common law.
  • Know the castle doctrine for defense of the home.
  • Understand how the common law of self-defense is changed by the Florida stand your ground law.
  • Recite the arguments for and against stand your ground laws.

Oppose Stand Your Ground Laws

Statement of Professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights of the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. Senate (October 29, 2013)

Support Stand Your Ground Laws

Statement of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, ...

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