Florida Burden Of Proof Bill Passed Out of Committee ~ VIDEO

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Florida Burden Of Proof Bill Passed Out of Committee
Marion P. Hammer
Marion P. Hammer

Florida – -(Ammoland.com)- The critically important self-defense bill, SB-128, was heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, Tuesday, January 24, 2017 and PASSED 5-4.

SB-128 Burden of Proof by Sen. Rob Bradley restores the presumption of innocence in self-defense cases by putting the burden of proof BACK ON THE STATE where it belongs. That is all the bill does.

In 2008, Prosecutors and judges – NOT THE LEGISLATURE – created a special “Stand Your Ground” hearing for self-defense cases and then reversed the burden of proof from the state to the victim in those hearings.

They turned justice and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty upside down. This bill simply puts the burden of proof back on the state where it belongs.

REPUBLICAN Senators Lizbeth Benacquisto, Anitere Flores, Rene Garcia, Debbie Mayfield and Greg Steube voted YES on the bill.

DEMOCRAT Senators Randolph Bracy, Audrey Gibson, Bobby Powell and Perry Thurston voted NO on the bill.


The hearing was a full house — full of women wearing red t-shirts emblazoned with Bloomberg’s EVERYTOWN logo (who didn’t appear to know anything about the bill, the law or the process). It also appeared they were being herded around by representatives of the League of Women Voters who walked around wearing League of Women Voters buttons on their lapels. The League’s lobbyist also testified against the bill, but didn’t appear to know what the bill actually does.

State Attorney from the 18th Circuit, Phil Archer testified representing the anti-gun anti-self-defense Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association (FPAA). Archer railed against the bill. This is yet another case of a State Attorney sworn to uphold the constitutional rights of the taxpayers who pay his salary, violating that oath by coming to Tallahassee to testify AGAINST the rights of the people he is supposed to represent.

The presumption of innocence until proven guilty by the state is a fundamental canon of justice.

From the time you are charged with a crime all the way to the jury room, you are presumed innocent until the state proves you guilty and State Attorney Phil Archer and the Association of prosecutors and state attorneys in Florida oppose those fundamental rights.

AGAIN, if you haven’t already watched it, watch this video of Senate President Joe Negron explaining why this bill is important.

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Sad when a person in a governmental position who takes the oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, believes they can invoke their personal opinions in decisions of citizens rights. Thanks God there are a few
that still use common sense.


This man is a keeper. that was an honest and upfront comment on the way America works.
Especially the Skype comment you have a right to meet your accuser in court. Phone it in ha ha ha ha.
Damn the liberals!!!!


Excellent speech by the senator! We need to continually remind people that “accused” or “arrested” does not equal “guilty.” And reaffirm the principle that the accuser, which is the State, must bear the full burden of proof. One should not be forced to defend oneself. The defendant should not have to say even one word. If the State can’t prove with valid evidence that the accused committed the crime, the charges need to be withdrawn and the accused must be set free. Additionally, I think that the accused should be fully restored to his/her state of existence as it was… Read more »


This is a prime example of how the Democrats votes on an ideological reason and not on the fundamental reasons of law. This law broke the law of the Constitution is a most radical way “the presumption of innocence until proven guilty ” and the Democrats voting the way they did only proves they are a lawless entity.