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  •  Thank you for clarifying all this Lillith. (7+ / 0-)

    It is my understanding that the Zimmerman case used "Self Defense" only while Dunn invoked the "Stand Your Ground" defense.  

    Nonetheless, the jury instructions in the Zimmerman case was steeped in SYG language as is any self defense case in Florida since 2005.  This article from The Atlantic cleared up much of my misconceptions:

    How Stand Your Ground Relates to George Zimmerman

    The thing to understand here is that Stand Your Ground laws do not exist in some segregated section of Florida's criminal code. They are not bracketed off from the rest of Florida's "standard" self-defense laws. Stand Your Ground laws are integral to the very meaning of self-defense in the state.

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    by JaxDem on Mon Feb 17, 2014 at 03:59:01 AM PST

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