The ruling in one state has come in. Is he ‘right on’ or ‘ruling from the bench’?
In Florida, the state where Zimmerman (im)famously used the Stand Your Ground law as a defense, Judgement has been rendered concerning whether Stand Your Ground laws should be considered Constitutional.
In his ruling Monday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch said state lawmakers overstepped their authority when they made the updates.
His 14-page order said the changes should have been crafted by the Florida Supreme Court instead of by the Legislature.
The order is a victory for prosecutors who have firmly opposed the law, The Miami Herald reported.
Critics have said the law makes it easier for defendants to get away with murder and other violent crimes.
The Legislature modified the 2005 statute and Governor Rick Scott signed it into law in June. The bill was backed by the National Rifle Association.
The controversial law has long been criticized for fostering a shoot-first mentality, which eliminated a citizen’s duty to retreat before using deadly force in responding to an apparent threat.
Prosecutors said the law made it easier for judges to dismiss criminal charges if they believe someone acted in self-defense. — read more
Hold on a minute…
Did a judge just say that ‘changes to the law should have been crafted by the Courts Instead of the Legislature’?
Whatever happened to Separation of Powers?
Have we found someone in the Courts overstepping their powers?
Will CNN and MSNBC be giving us frantic updates about the courts shredding our democracy? (It’s a ‘Constitutional Republic’, actually, but we wouldn’t expect the crack network reporters to know that.)
Will this stand, or will this be going up the courts?
And supposing it IS overturned, on that basis, should a judge so willing to shred the Constitution be still be considered fit to preside over cases?
Or maybe you think we’re over-reacting, and that this judge made the right call.
Either way, let us know in the comments.