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GA: Law alters self-defense pleas

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"It's been almost a year since a new law broadened protection for Georgians who use deadly force to protect themselves and their property against attackers."

"Often referred to as the 'stand your ground' law, the measure has since cropped up in court cases for people arguing they were justified for killing in self defense and provided additional cover for those involved in a rash of home invasion shootings in Augusta." ...

"Some advocacy groups had contended that the existing law provided adequate protection for people if they were attacked or their homes were broken into. The law, with its expanded protections, has led to a shoot-first, ask questions later mentality, critics say." ...
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