Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: November 2, 2011
Sen. Harry Coates
Senate author of Stand Your Ground Law asks advocates in
Ersland case to review facts of law
Senate author of the original Stand Your Ground law and co-author
of the amended version extending protection to businesses, Sen.
is concerned about the misinformation being promoted by advocates
pushing for Jerome Ersland’s release. Advocates have stated
there was a “loophole” in the law that failed to protect
the rights of the pharmacist, but Coates says this is not the case.
“The Stand Your Ground Law is a good law and it protects
and saves lives every day. Unfortunately, advocates for Mr. Ersland
are trying to blame a so-called ‘loophole’ for his incarceration
saying that it didn’t protect citizens at their places of
business, which simply is not true,” said Coates, R-Seminole.
“I want to ensure that other business owners have the correct
facts about what the law does so they don’t act as Ersland
did and find themselves in prison.”
Under the original and current version of the law, a person may
use deadly force against an intruder only if he or she has “a
reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm
to himself or herself or another”.
Coates explained that the self defense provision of the law gives
citizens the right to protect themselves, but it doesn’t allow
them to go as far as killing an intruder that has already become
incapacitated, which is what the evidence showed Ersland did.
“The jury gave their verdict saying that Ersland’s
actions didn’t meet the criteria of the Stand Your Ground
law so I want to encourage these individuals to stop confusing and
misleading the public regarding what actions the law allows. They
should have reviewed the law thoroughly and gotten their facts straight
before making such misleading statements. I don’t want the
public or business owners confused about what the law allows and
possibly put their own freedom at stake.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Coates: 405-521-5547