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Stand Your Ground and Self Defense in Florida by Charnele Tate: Duty to Retreat

Dorsey v. State 74 So.3d. 521 (2011)

Legislature's creation of “Stand Your Ground” law expanded the right of self-defense and abolished the common law duty to retreat when a person uses deadly force in self-defense to prevent imminent great bodily harm or death; in other words, “Stand Your Ground” law creates a new affirmative defense for situations in which one may use deadly force without first retreating.


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Brown v. United States, 256 U.S. 335 (1921)

Therefore in this Court, at least, it is not a condition of immunity that one in that situation should pause to consider whether a reasonable man might not think it possible to fly with safety or to disable his assailant rather than to kill him. 


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