Miami judge rules for ‘stand your ground’
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.