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Can You "Stand Your Ground" in Louisiana?

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If the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin happened in the ArkLaTex would similar  laws used by the jury to make a decision about Zimmerman's life in Florida be used?  Shreveport attorney Elton Richey says self defense laws in Louisiana are similar to Florida's "stand your ground" law.

Take a look at some of the instructions judge actually read to the jury that decided Zimmerman's fate.

"If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force...."

Louisiana has "justifiable homicide" laws in which it states that if you are lawfully in a place and you are attacked you have the right to defend yourself and do not have the duty to retreat.

Richey says people need to understand that when it comes to a criminal trial the defense does not have to prove self defense so much as the prosecution has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that it wasn't self defense.  He says the prosecution has the burden of proving it's murder.

More than 30 states across the nation have similar self defense laws that are similar to Florida's "stand your ground law."

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