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  •  Dan Gelber... (0+ / 0-)

    former Florida state senator disagrees...

    In 2005 the Florida Legislature fundamentally changed the analysis used by juries to assign blame in these cases. When the legislature passed the Stand Your Ground law it changed the rules of engagement. It eliminated the duty to avoid the danger and it eliminated any duty to retreat.

    If the Trayvon Martin killing was tried prior to the Stand Your Ground law being passed, the jury would have been told that self-defense was not available to Zimmerman unless he had used every reasonable means to avoid the danger. The jury would have been told that even if they believed Zimmerman had been attacked wrongfully by Trayvon, he could not use deadly force if he could have safely retreated or run away.

    We are not broke, we are being robbed...but we can fight back...#KosKatalogue

    by Glen The Plumber on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 04:10:05 PM PDT

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