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  •  College Course on Stand Your Ground Law offered (4+ / 0-)
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    Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law subject of FAU course

    Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law has provoked heated debates, protests, calls for state hearings — and now a class at Florida Atlantic University.

    The new course, taught by Broward County assistant public defender Frank de la Torre, was prompted by George Zimmerman's February 2012 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford and his subsequent trial and acquittal. The case, in which the mixed-race Zimmerman killed the black unarmed teen after a confrontation, also has fueled discussions about race.

    The weekly three-hour elective class starts Tuesday night. As of Thursday morning, 56 students had signed up. The class will be capped at 75 students and is expected to fill up after the drop-add period ends next week, FAU spokeswoman Lisa Metcalf said.

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    De la Torre has used the Stand Your Ground as a defense lawyer in six cases, half of which he won.

    "As a citizen, somebody living in Florida, I don't like the [Stand Your Ground] law," he said. "But as a defense lawyer, I love it."

    Apparently FAU is the only school to offer a course of this type.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 05:31:11 AM PDT

    •  An entire course on Stand Your Ground law!! (2+ / 0-)
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      This is a perfect example of what makes our universities great, preparing students for success in the work force.

      •  The article shows that criminal justice (1+ / 0-)
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        students falling on both sides of the issue are signing up.  

        Among the topics covered: the history of self-defense laws before and since Stand Your Ground, major cases involving the law, racial issues in the Zimmerman case and the pros and cons and future of the law. De la Torre said the class will include lectures, debates and discussions, guest speakers and video footage to cover the various aspects of the law.
        I may be an idealist, but I think it is a good idea.  Facts, statistics and other data will be presented and discussions will be held in a setting that will more likely be more civil than any other outside a classroom setting.  It should provide a good litmus test.

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 06:49:30 AM PDT

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