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Law Professor Concerned ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws Will Lead To More Violence

By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Pennsylvania has a law similar to Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. A professor of criminal law in Philadelphia has concerns of more violence in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting death.

Under the “Stand Your Ground” law (Pennsylvania’s law is called the Castle Doctrine), you’re not required to retreat when faced with an imminent threat, which you believe is life-threatening.

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Drexel law professor Donald Tibbs says this opens a dangerous legal can of worms.

“We have to be careful. We’re educating the public, right, we’re educating the public on how to use more violence.”

Professor Donald Tibbs thinks people who carry guns will now use this as an excuse to shoot first and ask questions later.

“I’m a little bit concerned about how the public is being educated and I’m hopeful that the states will reconsider passing these types of laws.”

He says, like in the Trayvon Martin case, the aggressor cannot claim self-defense if he gets into trouble, which is reportedly what happened with George Zimmerman.

“So, you can’t pick a fight, then be losing that fight and then claim you needed to use deadly force to defend yourself.”

He says when defending yourself, you have the right to use like and equal force, meaning bringing a gun to a knife fight is allowed, since both are deadly weapons. Not so for fists, unless it’s a David vs. Goliath matchup.

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  • Wise One

    Nutter, looking for nationwide attention along with the hooded imbecile
    Williams, masquerading as a DA, are complete fools and a disgrace to the city which is crumbiling quickly on their watch.

    Consider this: No nonblack is safe, unarmed and alone, any place any time the the city of death.

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  • Hater

    Trayvon Martin had every opportunity to go home. Each new piece of evidence seems to show that Zimmerman was the one who was cowardly attacked from behind. He immediately stopped pursuit when requested by the 911 dispatcher and was going to meet arriving officers. I believe he most certainly did act in self defense and it was a good kill. Once again the news media and the HNIC made up their minds incorrectly and prematurely. I guess obama will have to hold an iced tea and skittles summit when all the truth comes out. It’s a shame that Zimmerman won’t be able to attend as he will have to live in fear and hiding for the rest of his life.

  • Wise One

    Silly analysis/analogy by a so-called Drexel law professor. Sounds more like the immature reasoning of a slow eighth-grader.

    The “David vs. Goliath” reference is especially trite..

  • Wise One

    21-year-old white Mississipi State U.student John Sanderson was shot dead Saturday on campus at Evans hall by three black males..

    • Zzbar

      You must also state the stats for Camden, Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Wilmington, DE; Washington, DC; etc (people shot dead) for your point to make any sense.

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