March 10th, 2014
09:27 PM ET

Protesters call for "Stand Your Ground" changes; lawmakers seek to clarify law

Taking down "Stand your Ground."

That's the mission of two mothers who lost their children, Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, to men whose actions sparked a national debate about Florida's infamous law.

Both women led a protest to repeal "Stand your Ground." They argue it gives killers the excuse to shoot and kill and ask questions later.

CNN's David Mattingly is OutFront.

Filed under: News • Stand Your Ground • Trayvon Martin
September 26th, 2013
08:36 PM ET

New trial ordered for Florida woman sentenced for 20 years for firing warning-shot

A woman who says she fired a bullet into a wall to scare off her husband during a domestic dispute was convicted of aggravated assault after just 12 minutes of deliberation.

Marissa Alexander, a 31-year-old mother of three, tried unsuccessfully to use Florida's "stand your ground defense".

New trial ordered for Florida woman in warning-shot case

Alexander made headlines after George Zimmerman's acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin. Many wanted to know why this mom was sentenced to so much time while Zimmerman, who never asked for immunity under Florida's "Stand Your Ground" laws, walked free.

David Mattingly is OutFront.

Filed under: Justice • News • Stand Your Ground
July 17th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

Scrutiny intensifies over "Stand Your Ground"

Protesters are flooding the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott today demanding the repeal of the "Stand Your Ground" law.

The White House weighed in urging states to take a second look at the law and other similar laws across the country.

"I think the issues is, are they effective? Do they have unintended consequences? And it's the President's views that the goal should be here to reduce gun violence so that we have fewer tragic deaths as a result of gun violence," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Critics of "Stand Your Ground" say it leads to unfair bias against African-Americans, but a new case-by-case study paints a much more complicated picture.

Our John Zarrella has the story.