[Gubernatorial spokeswoman Jeanine L’Ecuyer] said Napolitano, a former state and federal prosecutor, concluded the measure would not cause the harm that foes contend it would. “She believes in the fundamental right of self-defense,” L’Ecuyer said. “And the law still requires the defendant to be in imminent peril of death or serious physical injury.”The NRA applauded then-Gov. Napolitano's decision to sign the measure:
[The] bill has two components: One is Castle Doctrine, which presumes you are justified in the use of force if you believe you are in danger of serious bodily harm or death within your home or occupied vehicle. The second and most significant component is the return of the burden of proof in self-defense cases to the state, so law-abiding citizens who are forced to actually use their firearms or other means of protection for self-defense will not be wrongfully imprisoned or financially devastated by costs associated with their legal defense. They will once again be presumed innocent – consistent with the American system of justice.
Florida's law of returning the burden of proof in self-defense cases to the state hasn't worked out so well for George Zimmerman, who now faces second degree murder charges and is being held in jail indefiniely without bail. Those demanding Zimmerman be charged with murder have presumed his guilt, notwithstanding his claim that he was only defending himself after Martin knocked him to the gtround with a blow to his nose and began slamming his head into the sidewalk. Zimmerman will in all likelihood be financially devastated by the costs he incurs in defending against the over-charged crime of second degree murder.