The "stand your ground" defense, established in 2005 by the Florida Legislature, provides that a person may use deadly force in self-defense when there's reasonable belief of a deadly threat, and without an obligation to retreat first.
Since the Trayvon Martin shooting put the term in the public discussion, the law still is often misunderstood.
Although the number of justifiable homicides in Florida has more than doubled since "stand your ground" was passed in 2005, the rate of violent crime in the state deceased by 23% from 2005 to 2010 according to statistics provided by the FB!.
Retired Superior Court Judge Eugene Hyman says "based on what we've been told by the media, the Martin case doesn't smell right.?