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  •  From the "authors" of SYG law (2+ / 0-)
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    jamess, rubyr

    Author of "Stand your ground law"  former Senator  Durell Peaden says George Zimmerman should probably be arrested for killing Trayvon Martin

    It is the fact that Zimmerman ignored the 911 operator's advice not to follow Martin that former Sen. Peaden says disqualifies him from claiming self-defense under the law.
    "The guy lost his defense right then," Peaden told the Miami Herald. "When he said 'I'm following him,' he lost his defense."
    Rep. Dennis Baxley, Peaden's co-sponsor in the Florida House, agrees with his former colleague, telling the newspaper that the law does not license neighborhood watch or others who feel
    "like they have the authority to pursue and confront people. That is aggravating an incident right there."
    Both co-sponsors told the newspaper, however, that they did not think the law needed to be re-examined.

    These are "authors"/supporters of the SYG law. Now that the trial is over, it would be very powerful evidence to the fact that this is bad law.

    The way the law was built and used in jury instruction is a loophole for crime for Zimmermans standard self defense trial, is a loophole fo crime, and an incentive to shoot to kill - ( no witmess beyond the shooter)

    I say standard self defense since SYG is an immunity statute and that wasn't the basis of Zimmermans trial. His was Florida's existing standard self defense trial

    Law that narrows the scope to exclude too many or all other pertinent facts - as what happened in GZ trial.

    By circumscribing any shooting to the few moments of contact is not justice. It's the opposite.  The whole picture must be considered - including racial profiling when it happens

    Thx jamess

     Note: "authors" is in quotes as ALEC/NRA are the true authors of the SYG statute

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