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  •  As I understand it, the defense was able (2+ / 0-)
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    roadbear, StrayCat

    to separate the early part of the event, GZ tracking TM, from the actual confrontation.  Following someone is not illegal if it's not stalking (requires intent to harm, I think).  The details about the confrontation came from statements to police, from recollections of a cellphone conversation with TM, from eyewitness testimony of people who only saw flashes of the confrontation (fight? struggle?), but NOT from court testimony by GZ who invoked his 5th Amendment rights.  Unlike in other states, Florida's self-defense law does not require the defense to prove there was cause for self-defense.  The defense can just assert it and it is up to the prosecution to disprove it.  There was just enough doubt the jury could acquit. (I thought GZ was a liar and had no injuries at all consistent with his multiple stories. I don't know how much of that info the jury was allowed to see.) Basically, Fla law allowed GZ to follow someone, get out of his car against dispatcher advice, confront, then claim self-defense.  It's not like the dead can talk...  It's a dangerously stupid law brought to us by the same type of people for who "corporations are people" and "corporations have free speech (money)".  It could be the exact same people, given how often laws are written by lobbyists and front-groups.

    •  When you follow someone with a gun.. (1+ / 0-)
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      preBoomer

      that constitutes stalking with intent to harm. At least in sane parts of the world. Not in Florida.

      Figures don't lie, but liars do figure-Mark Twain

      by OregonOak on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 06:11:55 AM PDT

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