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Stand your ground only is for White men only??
« on: November 13, 2022, 10:38:11 PM »

The Brittany Smith Case Proves ‘Stand Your Ground’ Is for White Men Only

There’s arguably no cause more important to American conservatives than gun rights, and yet State of Alabama vs. Brittany Smith persuasively argues that there are limits to such convictions, especially when it comes to women. The story of an Alabama single mother who attempted to defend herself against murder charges via the state’s Stand Your Ground law, director Ryan White’s true-crime documentary is a concise and compelling look at institutional misogyny, and the double standards endemic in both a legal system and a culture that affords only certain individuals the benefit of the doubt.

White’s last Netflix effort, 2017’s The Keepers, was a seven-part venture, whereas his latest contribution to the streaming platform (out now) runs a compact 40 minutes. Nonetheless, it’s as affecting as anything he’s done (including, most recently, the feature-length Good Night Oppy), picking up with Brittany Smith as she awaits a pretrial Stand Your Ground hearing.

In Alabama, that statute says that “the defendant does not have a duty to retreat and has the right to stand his/her ground so long as he/she is justified in using deadly physical force and is not engaged in an illegal activity and is in a place where he/she has a right to be located.” In other words, if you’re in your home, not doing anything criminal, and are in grave danger, you can violently fight back in order to protect yourself and others.

That would certainly seem to apply to Brittany. As her mother Ramona McCallie explains, Brittany was an honor roll student and “smart as a whip.” She married at age 19, but, after a tumultuous few years, she wound up following in her mom’s footsteps by raising her children on her own. In the aftermath of the loss of her newborn son to a genetic disorder, Brittany turned to meth, resulting in “one hell of a ride” that cost her custody of her kids.

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Re: Stand your ground only is for White men only??
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2022, 11:30:03 AM »
We need more info. Where in this OP-ed does it discuss the details of Brittany Smith's case? It doesn't disclose anything about what she did and why the writer feels that Smith isn't getting a fair trial, especially for those of us who have not seen this on Netflix or read about it in the news. Plus, these kind of cases don't get resolved in the courts over night and the outcome often depends on the defense attorney's experience. Also, if Smith has a bad lawyer then that could very well seal her fate. This is why Kyle Rittenhouse fired his first attorneys because they were horrible and gave bad advice.

Why are people so naive to think that all cases should have the same outcome? If there isn't more info to this op-ed than it's nothing but a propaganda piece pushed by a leftist.

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Re: Stand your ground only is for White men only??
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2023, 05:31:22 PM »
I'll have to see the evidence to make a point here.

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