"The state Supreme Court wants to hear arguments on the “stand your ground” law, specifically about when in a trial a judge should hold a hearing about evidence that a defendant used deadly force because he claimed he feared for his life, according to The State. If a judge were to rule the “stand your ground” law applied, he could grant the defendant immunity and no trial would be held.
Dan Johnson, the 5th circuit solicitor whose office is responsible for criminal prosecutions, told The State he’s “glad it’s an issue that the court is taking a look at.”
Johnson said holding full pretrial hearings every time a “stand your ground” defense is used could slow the entire trial process.
“As you know, court time is at a premium. In essence, you’ll have to have a mini-trial before you go ahead with the full trial. It makes it more difficult to have a trial in a speedy fashion when you have to have mini-trials in factual scenarios that might be absurd, in my opinion,” he said."