A judge in Florida ruled Monday that the state’s updated “stand your ground” law, which required prosecutors to disprove a defendant’s self-defense case at pretrial hearings, is unconstitutional, setting up a showdown that could make its way to the state’s top court.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that the amendment to the law allowed lawmakers to overstep their authority, adding that it should have been crafted by the Florida Supreme Court in the first place, The Miami Herald reported.
The Florida Supreme Court had ruled in 2015 to shift the burden to defendants, requiring them to prove in pretrial hearings that they were defending themselves in order to avoid prosecution on charges for a violent act.
The controversial self-defense law came into the spotlight during George Zimmerman’s case in 2012, when the neighborhood watchman shot and killed the unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in Central Florida.
Zimmerman’s attorney argued his client used force because he “reasonably” believed his life was in immediate danger. Read more at FOX NEWS.