Monday, July 15, 2013

From a front-page story... the Times this morning, "In Zimmerman Case, Self-Defense Was Hard to Topple" (my emphasis):

Soon after Mr. Zimmerman was arrested, there appeared to be a chance that the defense would invoke a provision of Florida self-defense law known as Stand Your Ground. Ultimately it was not part of Mr. O’Mara’s courtroom strategy, though it did play a pivotal role immediately after the shooting.

The provision, enacted by the Florida Legislature in 2005 and since adopted by more than 20 other states, allows people who fear great harm or death not to retreat, even if they can safely do so. If an attacker is retreating, people are still permitted to use deadly force.

Does that describe George Zimmerman or ... Trayvon Martin?

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