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Florida law under microscope after a teen's killing

Florida law under microscope after a teen's killing

By Gabrielle Sarann. CREATED Mar 21, 2012

FORT MYERS - Lawyers for accused shooter George Zimmerman, 28, say he may be covered by the Stand Your Ground law. But criminal attorney, Chris Brown, not connected to the case, tells Fox 4 he's not sure that law applies in this instance.

"It doesn't mean you can pull out a gun if you dint like the looks of someone in your neighborhood," said Brown, who won a Stand Your Ground case two years ago.

FORT MYERS - The Stand Your Ground law says if you're in danger, you have the right to fight back. But Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin's family, says the accused shooter was never in danger and certainly was not being attacked. If anything, 9-1-1 calls seem to indicate he was confronting the teen rather than the other way around.

"In any account other than George Zimmerman, this neighborhood association loose canon, does anybody say that Trayvon Martin was up to no good," said Crump.

So, when do you have the legal right to confront someone who makes you feel unsafe? Brown says each case is different but is quick to point out the Stand Your Ground law is not a blank check to shoot first and ask questions later.

"Where do you believe the confusion lies?," asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann. "I think people are confusing the use of deadly force, the right to use deadly force, with Stand Your Ground," said Brown.

Some lawmakers are calling for a review of the law. Governor Rick Scott warns against making changes too fast.

"None of us believe in racial profiling but i think the first step is let's find out what happened here and i think with the local, and the FDLE and FBI, i think the positive, we'll find out that first," said Scott.
 

Gabrielle Sarann

Gabrielle Sarann

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Gabrielle is a reporter for FOX 4.