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I think I'll pretty much just let this speak for itself. Bear in mind that  the video does go in and out of focus, so you may get aggravated occasionally. Maybe not. The sound is intact, and that's the main thing.

I have two more speeches that were introductions to this one, by attorneys Eric Friday and Jon Gutmacher, but they are giving me some problems. I know this is the one you want to see the most, though. However, I do feel it's important to bring you the other ones, and when (and if) I can fix them, I'll present them here and on YouTube.

I hope this video generates great discourse. I must say that, while sitting in the room with him, he does give a good speech. At least, I think so, but you can see for yourself...

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  •  Hi Dave (2+ / 0-)
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    Marinade Dave, trumpeter

    There are some people on Dkos who have only dialup or cannot access videos.  Can you summarize?  Thanks

    Still enjoying my stimulus package.

    by Kevvboy on Sun Sep 30, 2012 at 05:06:58 AM PDT

    •  Summarize Video (1+ / 0-)
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      Hi, kevvboy! I will, but it has to be later. I'm going to a breakfast benefit for a special little girl who has an inoperable cancerous brain tumor. I won't be back until later this afternoon, but I will be happy to do this for you. I'm sorry for the delay, but I'm committed to helping Caitlin's family. Thanks.

      •  I think USA Today said it best... (0+ / 0-)

        ... attorney Mark O'Mara, who is representing George Zimmerman against charges that he murdered Trayvon Martin, spoke to the crowd.

        While he avoided getting into details of the case, O'Mara talked about the history of stand-your-ground laws and the importance of understanding what self defense means in Florida.

        O'Mara reiterated earlier statements that the case against Zimmerman is not a stand-your-ground case. However, he said he expects a self defense immunity hearing before a judge to take place for his client this spring.

        Under Florida's stand-your-ground law, a person has no duty to retreat in the face of harm and can use lethal force. O'Mara said Zimmerman could not retreat because he was on the ground fending off Trayvon, whom Zimmerman claims slammed his head into the ground several times.

        "I have said people can interpret this statute as a right to kill statute but it's not," O'Mara said. "If you kill just to kill, not because you have to, you'll get prosecuted ... If you believe you're reasonably in fear of great bodily injury, you can use force --up to and including deadly force. That's been self defense for as long as we've had laws ."

        •  He misrepresents (1+ / 0-)
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          SYG laws.

          If you believe you're reasonably in fear of great bodily injury, you can use force--up to and including deadly force.
          The standard is that a REASONABLE PERSON must believe that great bodily harm or death is imminent. The judge and jury will make that determination, not the guy who does the shooting. Just saying "I was afraid" is not enough.

          "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

          by happy camper on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 07:06:04 AM PDT

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          •  Not just that, but there are other requirements (2+ / 0-)
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            KVoimakas, happy camper

            You have to be acting lawfully, be on the receiving end of force, and in a place you have a right to be.

            If you start the altercation, as Zimmerman did, you fall under the "use of force by the aggressor" provisions of the law, which explicitly denies the right to stand one's ground.

            Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

            by Robobagpiper on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 05:54:03 AM PDT

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