Murder Or Self-Defense?

By Woody published on in Chronicle, General, Legal Issues

Murder Or Self-Defense ReportU.S. Law Shield is offering a free e-book that covers a quick overview of Stand Your Ground laws, and how several states currently implement the important self-defense concept.

Entitled “Murder Or Self-Defense?, The Law of Stand Your Ground,” you can download the 6-page PDF from the website

You enter your e-mail address, and you will receive a confirmation  message at the e-mail address you provide. Then, you click the confirm link, and the law firm sends the download link for the PDF. You can then read the PDF in a browser or download it to your desktop.

One interesting question answered in the e-book: Where did the legal term “Stand Your Ground” come from?

According to the pamphlet, “The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in Beard v. U.S. in 1895 that a man who was ‘on his premises’ when he came under attack and ‘… did not provoke the assault, and had at the time reasonable grounds to believe, and in good faith believed, that the deceased intended to take his life, or do him great bodily harm…’ was not obliged to retreat, nor to consider whether he could safely retreat, but was entitled to stand his ground.”

As well as a general discussion of “Stand Your Ground” and “Castle Doctrine” legalities, there are specific state guides for Texas and Florida that go into the topic in more detail. You can download these through links in the original “Murder Or Self-Defense” report.

What do you think about the Stand Your Ground laws? Tell us in the comment section.

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