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Recent shootings bring attention back to stand your ground laws [Radio broadcast transcript]. (2023, April 23). Weekend All Things Considered, NA. link attached
Criminal Law, University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing edition, 2015
After reading the chapter and listening to the radio broadcast referenced above, what is your opinion of the stand your ground laws? Are they helpful? Do they need to be modified? Are the cases represented in the broadcast true cases of self-defense? Why or why not? Explain your answer by citing evidence from the text and other credible sources.
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Recent shootings bring attention back to stand your ground
From: Weekend All Things Considered
Publisher: National Public Radio, Inc. (NPR)
Document Type: Audio file; Broadcast transcript; Interview
Length: 1,158 words
Content Level: (Level 4)
Lexile Measure: 1210L
To listen to this broadcast, click here:
HOST: ADRIAN FLORIDO
ADRIAN FLORIDO: A string of recent shootings have put renewed attention on the self-defense laws, often known as stand your
ground laws. In the span of a week, 16-year-old Ralph Yarl was shot twice after ringing the doorbell of the wrong house in the state of
Missouri as he was trying to pick up his siblings. In upstate New York, Kaylin Gillis was shot and killed after her boyfriend pulled into
the wrong driveway as they searched for a friend’s home. And in Texas, two cheerleaders were shot after one accidentally got into a
car that she thought was her own. The shooters in these cases have not yet invoked their state’s stand your ground laws, but the
shootings have raised a lot of concern that they could lean on those laws to justify shooting victims who seem to have just made a
To talk more about this, we called Ronald Sullivan Jr. He’s a professor of law at Harvard University, where he focuses on criminal
law. When we spoke, he explained the difference between some key legal principles, including self-defense, the castle doctrine, and
stand your ground.
RONALD SULLIVAN JR: The stand your ground laws exist as an exception upon an exception to traditional self-defense. What do I
mean by that? So with respect to traditional self-defense, there are five qualities that you have to have. There has to be
proportionality, temporality, reasonability, you cannot be the first aggressor and th
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