Mi­ami judge rules for ‘stand your ground’

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MI­AMI | A judge has dis­missed a mur­der charge against a man who chased and fa­tally stabbed a theft sus­pect, cit­ing the same self-de­fense law at the cen­ter of the Trayvon Martin case.

The “stand your ground” law gives a lot of lee­way to use deadly force in­stead of re­treat­ing dur­ing a con­fronta­tion.

Mi­ami-dade Cir­cuit Judge Beth Bloom ruled Tues­day that a bag of stolen car ra­dios Pe­dro Roteta swung at Greyston Gar­cia amounted to a lethal threat. Judge Bloom said Mr. Gar­cia “was well within his rights to pur­sue the vic­tim and de­mand the re­turn of his prop­erty.”

Mr. Gar­cia went home in­stead of call­ing 911 af­ter the con­fronta­tion in Jan­uary and later hid the knife and sold two of the ra­dios.

A pros­e­cu­tor told the Mi­ami Her­ald they would ap­peal the rul­ing. judge has struck down a state law that re­quires women seek­ing abortions to have an ul­tra­sound and lis­ten to a de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the fe­tus be­fore hav­ing an abor­tion.

Dis­trict Judge Brian Dixon handed down an or­der Wed­nes­day rul­ing that the law is un­con­sti­tu­tional and un­en­force­able. The or­der says the statute passed in 2010 is an un­con­sti­tu­tional spe­cial law be­cause it re­lates only to pa­tients and physi­cians deal­ing with abortions and not other med­i­cal care.

En­force­ment of the law has been blocked since shortly af­ter Nova Health Sys­tems, op­er­a­tor of Re­pro­duc­tive Ser­vices of Tulsa, chal­lenged it in May 2010. It would have forced a woman seek­ing an abor­tion to un­dergo an ul­tra­sound, have the im­age placed in front of her and then hear it de­scribed in de­tail.

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