TALLAHASSEE (AP) — The Legislature passed a bill that would make Florida the state the first to place the burden of proof in “stand your ground” pretrial hearings on the prosecution rather than the defendant.READ MORE: Storms Causing Flight Delays At South Florida Airports
The Senate passed the bill Friday on a 22-14 vote, just hours before it would have died on the last day lawmakers considered non-budget related bills.
The Senate had earlier refused to consider changes the House made to the bill, then accepted them when the House stood its ground on its position.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 5,520 New Cases, 9 Deaths Reported On Sunday
The Senate bill originally said prosecutors have to prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that a defendant wasn’t acting in self-defense. The House changed that language to the lower threshold of presenting “clear and convincing evidence.”
Defendants now have to prove they were acting in self-defense to avoid a trial.[graphiq id=”7phWJjSb8l7″ title=”Firearm Murders in the US by Firearm Type” width=”600″ height=”516″ url=”https://w.graphiq.com/w/7phWJjSb8l7″ ]MORE NEWS: Former President Trump Targets McConnell, Pence During Speech To GOP Donors
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