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Supreme Court: Criminal immunity under 'Stand Your Ground' doesn't guarantee civil immunity

The high court’s decision to clarify the controversial law was unanimous.
The Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee. [Scott Keeler Tampa Bay Times]
The Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee. [Scott Keeler Tampa Bay Times]
Published Sep. 28, 2017

Just because a criminal defendant might be granted immunity under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law, that doesn’t mean they’ll be automatically protected from potential civil repercussions, the Florida Supreme Court said in a ruling released Thursday.

The seven justices unanimously found that separate determinations are needed in criminal versus civil court when it comes to a defendant’s claim that they acted lawfully in self-defense when fearing for their life or property.

The ruling was prompted by a use-of-force case in Tampa involving a violent confrontation between two men at a local bar.

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