Think the George Zimmerman verdict couldn't have happened under California law? Not necessarily. Florida may have a so-called "stand-your-ground" policy written into its laws, but it is possible that a California jury under very similar circumstances could have also handed down an acquittal.
KQED's Joshua Johnson discussed California's stand-your-ground defense with Professor Rory Little of the UC Hastings College of the Law. "Over a hundred years ago, the California Supreme Court said, 'no duty to retreat if you're in your home,'" says UC Hastings Law Professor Rory Little. "'We're going to leave open whether there's such a duty if you're outside of the home.' That little leaving-open has never been firmly answered by the California Supreme Court. They simply repeat the same broad language over and over again."
From that conversation, here are five things to know about how California handles stand-your-ground defenses:
5 Things To Know About 'Stand Your Ground' In California
By Joshua Johnson
Published July 22, 2013, KQED