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    happy camper, DSPS owl

    The pertinent point.

    In deciding whether George Zimmerman was justified in the use of deadly force, you
    must judge him by the circumstances by which he was surrounded at the time the force was
    used. The danger facing George Zimmerman need not have been actual; however, to justify
    the use of deadly force, the appearance of danger must have been so real that a reasonably
    cautious and prudent person under the same circumstances would have believed that the
    danger could be avoided only through the use of that force. Based upon appearances, George
    Zimmerman must have actually believed that the danger was real.
    If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any
    place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his
    ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was
    necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent
    the commission of a forcible felony

    There is the stand your ground language at the end but this is the standard jury instruction, it did not apply in this case and B37 when discussing the matter although she used the words stand your ground was talking about tradtional self defense law.  GZ could not have retreated even if he wanted to.

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