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Bill would reimburse defendants who shoot under self-defense

The bill would require the county or prosecuting state agency where a person is charged to reimburse the defendant if found not guilty by reason of self-defense.

BOISE, Idaho — A panel of lawmakers introduced legislation that would strengthen Idaho’s “stand your ground” law by requiring counties to reimburse anyone charged in a slaying if a judge or jury concludes they acted in self-defense. 

Sen. Christy Zito, a Republican from Hammett, said the proposal is needed to protect people like Kyle Rittenhouse, who used an assault-style rifle to shoot three people during a street protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020. 

The bill would require the county or prosecuting state agency where a person is charged to reimburse the defendant for lost wages, court costs and other expenses if the defendant is found to be not guilty by reason of self-defense.

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