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  •  good point. (0+ / 0-)

    if you can provide a link to support this, I will recommend.

    may we not be strangers in the lush province of joy - Charles Wright

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 08:57:05 AM PDT

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    •  Sure (0+ / 0-)
      Florida State Attorney Angela Corey announced on Thursday that George Zimmerman had been arrested and would be charged with second degree murder. During that press conference, a reporter asked her about the possible implications of Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law.

      In response, she explained that the law provides Zimmerman with an "affirmative defense," and that if it was raised, it would be dealt with in court. She further vowed to fight the "affirmative defense."

      What's an affirmative defense?

      An affirmative defense is a justification for the defendant having committed the accused crime. It differs from other defenses because the defendant admits that he did, in fact, break the law. He is simply arguing that he has a good reason for having done so, and therefore should be excused from all criminal liability.

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