10 News: “Lawmaker wants changes to ‘Stand Your Ground’ after deadly Clearwater incident”

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Rep. Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg, says he’d like to start to by undoing changes made to the law last year shifting the burden of proof from the shooter to state prosecutors.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The attorney for the family of Markeis McGlockton says Florida’s “stand your ground” law is flawed and some state lawmakers agree.

It’s a case now garnering national attention.

Rep. Ben Diamond, D-St. Petersburg, is one lawmaker now pushing for changes.

While he wouldn’t go so far to say he’d pursue a full repeal of the controversial law, Diamond says he would like to undo changes made to the law last year shifting the burden of proof from defendants who invoke the law as grounds to dismiss charges to prosecutors.

“Stand your ground” became law in Florida in 2005. The original law passed with unanimous, bipartisan support in the state Senate. If an individual tried to invoke the law in his or her defense it was that individual’s responsibility to prove his or her innocence.

However, the burden is now on the prosecution to prove a person is not under the protection of the law if an individual asserts that protection.