Under Florida’s ‘stand your ground’ law, a person using deadly force against another is immune from prosecution for having done so under the following two conditions.
‘The individual reasonably believe[d]… such force… necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm…’ (776.013).
‘The person… [was] not engaged in an unlawful activity… [and was] attacked… in a… place where he or she ha[d] a right to be… [in which case] he or she… has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it… necessary… to prevent death or great bodily harm.’ (776.013 )
Without the rule of law and the due process such rule implies and requires, we should all be living in a lawless hell in which civil society would be absent. Both the rule of law and due process demand of those whose business it is to uphold and enforce the law that they never let considerations extraneous to the merits of a legal case in which they are professionally involved affect their deliberations or decisions pertaining to it.