August 14, 2012

HIS VICTIM WAS THE ONE STANDING HIS GROUND:

Zimemrman's Lawyer Says He Doesn't Need 'Stand-Your-Ground' to Win (ADAM MARTIN , 8/14/12, Atlantic)

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, told The Associated Press' Kyle Hightower that the facts didn't support a stand-your-ground argument, which is a Florida statute that gives people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without backing down. Another 23 states have similar statutes. As a refresher, let's look at the language of that law, via the state's online statutes:

A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

That describes Trayvon Robinson, not the armed man who pursued and accosted him.

Posted by at August 14, 2012 2:02 PM
  

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