Ronald S. Sullivan
Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Criminal Justice Institute

On October 29th, Harvard Law School Clinical Professor Ronald Sullivan ’94, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights on the implications of the expanded use of deadly force, and what is known as the “Stand your Ground” laws.

In his testimony, Professor Sullivan highlighted the case of Regina v. Dudley and Stephens as the essence of the Ango-American juridical tradition, and model decision for self-defense laws. “Human life is sacred” he said, and the law should insist in upholding that principle. Building on this argument, Professor Sullivan explained the origins of Florida’s “Stand your Ground” law, the expansion of similar laws in other states, and the drastic judicial and social consequences that have come as a result.

Please read Professor Sullivan’s written testimony (PDF) and the full article on Harvard Law School News.