stand your ground law http://michiganradio.org en Was it murder or self-defense? Jurors will decide case of man who shot Renisha McBride http://michiganradio.org/post/was-it-murder-or-self-defense-jurors-will-decide-case-man-who-shot-renisha-mcbride <p>Was it murder or self-defense?</p><p>That’s the question jurors will decide in the case of Theodore Wafer, whose <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140723/NEWS02/307230038/Renisha-McBride-porch-shooting-trial">trial on charges including second-degree murder is now underway</a> in Detroit.</p><p></p><p>Wafer is the white, Dearborn Heights homeowner who shot 19-year-old Renisha McBride on his front porch last fall.</p><p>No one disputes that Wafer shot and killed McBride after she knocked on his front door around 4 am on November 2<sup>nd</sup>.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:08:05 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18500 at http://michiganradio.org Was it murder or self-defense? Jurors will decide case of man who shot Renisha McBride Does Michigan's 'stand your ground' law promote violence? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-michigans-stand-your-ground-law-promote-violence <p>Florida caught lots of attention after the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a Florida teen. On trial for the killing is George Zimmerman who claims he acted under Florida&rsquo;s &ldquo;stand your ground&rdquo; law.</p><p>Michigan is among several states with laws similar to Florida&rsquo;s. Michigan&rsquo;s &ldquo;stand your ground&rdquo; law was revised in 2006 by bipartisan majorities in the legislature. It was signed into law by Jennifer Granholm, who was the Democratic governor at the time.</p><p>Now, more than a dozen Democratic Michigan House members have <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/mich-dems-seek-repeal-stand-your-ground-laws">introduced legislation to repeal the law</a>.</p><p>Democratic Representative Tim Bledsoe sponsored <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%28bczk03rdzuhrhjvvhsgt5hq4%29%29/mileg.aspx?page=BillStatus&amp;objectname=2012-HB-5644">House Bill 5644</a>. &ldquo;I think the Trayvon Martin case really showed us the problem with having a law like &ldquo;stand your ground,&quot; he said.</p><p>According to Bledsoe, Michigan has another self-defense law called the Castle Doctrine, which states that a person has the right to defend themselves, their family and their property in their home.</p><p>&ldquo;Our effort to repeal the &quot;stand your ground&quot; law does not in any way affect the Castle Doctrine. But what we are seeing is that, if you are in a public place, and you are in a confrontation, and there is this opportunity for you to retreat, you must take advantage of that opportunity to retreat,&rdquo; said Bledsoe.</p><p>The Democratic representative said although he has not identified any case in Michigan where the &quot;stand your ground&quot; law has been used in self defense, he said &quot;We see this more in terms of acting in a preemptive way to try to avoid situations like the Trayvon Martin case here in Michigan.&quot;</p><p>Rep. Bledsoe said he and others will continue to seek out public support to pressure legislators to repeal the law.</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 21:16:30 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 7570 at http://michiganradio.org Does Michigan's 'stand your ground' law promote violence? Mich. Dems seek repeal of 'stand your ground' laws http://michiganradio.org/post/mich-dems-seek-repeal-stand-your-ground-laws <p>More than a dozen Democratic Michigan House members have introduced legislation to repeal the state&#39;s &quot;stand your ground&quot; self-defense law after the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.</p><p>The lawmakers on Thursday announced the measure to repeal 2006 laws passed by bipartisan majorities in the Legislature and signed by then-Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.</p><p>Backers say such laws protect innocent lives. Detractors say they can become a license to kill and are prone to misuse.</p><p>Michigan is among several states with laws similar to Florida&#39;s targeted by civil rights and anti-gun violence groups.</p><p>Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman fatally shot Martin Feb. 28 in Sanford, Fla., but wasn&#39;t arrested for weeks. Zimmerman has invoked the law that doesn&#39;t require a person to retreat in the face of a serious threat. Fri, 18 May 2012 10:56:14 +0000 The Associated Press 7524 at http://michiganradio.org