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Jesse Jackson sues to stop Georgia's Stand Your Ground law

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Rev. Jesse Jackson

ATLANTA -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson was in town Friday to take on Georgia's Stand Your Ground law. 

He announced his organization is filing a lawsuit against the Governor and the attorney general. Jackson said stand your ground laws encourage violent crimes.

"The law must be a deterrent to murder, this law is virtually an incentive," said Jackson.

Lawyers for the Rainbow/Push coalition filed the lawsuit in federal district court.  They stood flanked at the press conference by people they say were victims of Stand Your Ground laws. 

One family of a man who was convicted of shooting another man when his self defense plea failed.  Another was the family of a man who was killed, but the alleged killer was acquitted on a self defense plea.

A lawyer for guns right organization Georgia Carry says the suit doesn't make sense.

"It's not the place of the federal court to second guess what happened in the state court," said John Monroe. "The proper avenue, if you're not happy with what happened in a state court, is to appeal it."

Georgia Carry filed a motion to dismiss a similar lawsuit against  stand your ground last year and won.

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