TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Mar 22, 2012

Tennessee is among 23 states that have sweeping self-defense laws like Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law that has come into focus with the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin outside of Orlando. In 2005, Florida became the first state to explicitly expand a person's right to use deadly force for self-defense. Under that law, and a similar version in Tennessee, deadly force is justified if a person is gravely threatened, in the home or "any other place where he or she has a right to be." There is no duty to retreat, and once self-defense is invoked, the burden is on the prosecution to disprove the claim. Pro Publica looks at the issue