The shooting death of Trayvon Martin has drawn national attention to Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which says there’s no duty to retreat — anywhere — before using force in self-defense. But Florida is not alone.
In many states, a legal doctrine called the “castle doctrine” allows the use force in self-defense, without retreating, if a person is at home. It’s derived from the old adage that “a person’s home is his castle.” But critics worry about the unintended consequences of “castle” laws, and especially Florida’s “stand your ground” law. [REUTERS graphic]
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