ATLANTA -- A local civil rights activist is launching a legal challenge to Georgia's Stand Your Ground law.
The law allows Georgians to use deadly force in self-defense. A similar law in Florida has so far shielded George Zimmerman from prosecution in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
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Rev. Markel Hutchins will file a civil/constitutuional rights lawsuit at the U.S. District Court in Downtown Atlanta Monday afternoon.
"Georgia and more than 20 other states have some version of these short-sighted, ambiguous laws," Hutchins said in a statement. "The law itself breeds bias-based killings in that it merely requires that one only have 'reasonable' fear in order to deprive another of his or her life without giving any statutory definition of what is reasonable and it does so without any duty to retreat from confrontation."
Georgia's law was enacted in 2006 to allow the "justification and excuse as a defense to certain crimes, so as to provide that a person who is attacked has no duty to retreat; to provide that such person has a right to meet force with force, including deadly force; to provide for an immunity from prosecution; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes."