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An in-depth look at Florida's 'stand your ground' law

"In light of the Trayvon Martin case, the Tampa Bay Times spent two months identifying and analyzing self-defense cases in which defendants invoked Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law."

The paper collected photos of victims and defendants and built  nearly 200 case studies into an interactive database. The Times used public records to identify victim and defendant race in each case and analyze its impact. The upcoming Sunday story, already published online, found that the law “is being invoked with unexpected frequency, in ways no one imagined, to free killers and violent attackers whose self-defense claims seem questionable at best.”

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