When the words “Not Guilty” were uttered after the George Zimmerman trial, gasps of disbelief were heard all around the world. Although, many had very different views on the subject, it seemed to be an agreed upon fact that he shot and killed a young boy and for that we all assumed he would be convicted. However, what we didn’t take in to account was the state he was residing in, Florida. According to the New York Times, “The provision, enacted by the Florida Legislature in 2005 and since adopted by more than 20 other states, allows people who fear great harm or death to stand their ground and not retreat, even if they can safely do so.” This to me is disgusting, if a person is able to retreat safely, they should by law be required to. If a death is not necessary it should not be legal, that seems pretty logical correct?
Oh but this wasn’t the only self defense debacle in Florida. According to CBS News, Marissa Alexander was sentenced to jail after firing a WARNING SHOT towards her abusive husband. She also tried to use the Self- Defense provision that got Zimmerman off but was told there was not enough evidence proving she needed to use deadly force. So in summary, a man can shoot and kill a child and claim it was self defense, but a woman cannot shoot a gun in the air to ward off her abusive husband. Seems legit, right?
Well this had my mind going a mile a minute. Would I ever want to live in Florida after hearing all this? After uncovering a few more questionable laws I am really not so sure. Here are three of my favorite unusual Florida Laws:
1) Florida deals with its prostitution problem by giving prostitutes spending money, a five-year banishment, and a bus ticket out of town.
Yup people can get away with murder and people are paid to not prostitute themselves. Ahh the legal system. You showed them!
2) In Florida failure to tell your neighbor his house is on fire is illegal.
Singing “Burn baby Burn” is the preferred tactic.
3) Nudity is banned, with the exception of “bona fide” theatrical performances. Violating this ordinance results in a $100 fine.
Aww you cannot tell me these law makers didn’t snicker and say “boner fide” when they wrote this one!
So tell me bloggers. Are there any other funny Florida laws you know about?