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  •  I don't see that the jury 'rejected SYG' in this (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, OleHippieChick

    case.

    They convicted him on the 2nd degree charges because he claimed he saw one gun, then shot 4 people.  Obviously, even had there been a gun, only one of the 4 would have been using it, so neither 'SYG' or 'self-defense' even applied to the other 3, whose only 'crime' was sharing a car with whoever he claimed was aiming a gun at him.

    So by even giving any sort of credence to the notion that his delusion about a gun allowed him the right to fire upon the fourth person (by not convicting him of anything towards the person he actually killed), they helped backstop the stupidity of SYG.

    •  If they hadn't rejected SYG... (1+ / 0-)
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      dhajra

      they would have acquitted on the actual murder charge, just as Zimmerman's jury did, but that's not what happened. Nor does the fact that he claimed he only saw one gun have any relevance to an SYG claim as the law exists in Florida: all the young men were in the vehicle he claimed had a gun in it and thus could (by the standards of SYG) be considered just as much a "threat" as Davis. But that didn't fly so...three attempted 2nd degree murder convictions.

      Unfortunately, you're interpreting the Florida SYG law more narrowly than it's actually written (and isn't that a scary thought.) It's pretty clear the jury simply did not buy the SYG claim and acted accordingly. I fully expect that when he's re-tried on the 2nd degree murder charge (already filed, as Vyan noted), he'll be convicted on that one too.

      Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu The Art of War

      by Stwriley on Sun Feb 16, 2014 at 06:52:59 PM PST

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