Miami Judge Tosses Stand Your Ground Case

MIAMI -- A judge citing the Florida statute commonly called the "stand your ground' law has dismissed a murder charge against a man who chased and fatally stabbed a suspected thief.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beth Bloom previously decided Greyston Garcia was immune from prosecution in the January killing of Pedro Roteta.
Bloom ruled Tuesday that a bag of stolen car radios Roteta swung at Garcia amounted to a lethal threat. Bloom said Garcia "was well within his rights to pursue the victim and demand the return of his property."

Bloom noted that Garcia went home instead of calling 911 and later hid the knife and sold two of the radios
Chief Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Hoague told The Miami Herald that she would appeal the ruling because Bloom "abused her discretion."


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  • by Glenn Location: Cottondale on Apr 1, 2012 at 01:17 AM
    My God, Stand your ground, means stand-- not pursue, not chase someone down, then kill them. I find this just strange, there must be a lot of idiots who can't under stand plain english. I guess the whole world has gone Ape Sht Banana's.When someone says Stand, do you think that means run after or pursue.Stand Your Ground means to Stand and protect the place where you are at, not run after and hemp up someone and make them have to stand their ground to protect their selves from you. So you can shoot them, then claim you shot them in self defense.
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