This afternoon I spoke with KDKA-TV's Jon Delano about Pennsylvania's castle doctrine, Florida's stand your ground, self-defense and George Zimmerman.
Click here to watch the interview. Below are some excerpts from the interview.
“[It] went through the House and Senate with really huge support,” former Lawrence County District Attorney Matthew Mangino told KDKA political editor Jon Delano. “There were only four senators who opposed it.”
Under the new law, a person in any lawful place outside his home “has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his ground and use force, including deadly force if . . . (he) believes it is immediately necessary to do so to protect himself against death, serious bodily injury, kidnapping, or sexual intercourse by force or threat.” (18 PA consolidated statutes 505(b)(2.3)).
Mangino says many prosecutors don’t like this law. “We should not authorize lethal force when someone has the ability to get away from that dangerous situation,” he said.
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