Zimmerman never used "Stand Your Ground" defense
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FORT MYERS, Fla - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was one of several notable people who are speaking out against Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law saying it's time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.
But what does this mean for the future of Florida's Stand Your Ground law? The fact of the matter is simple. George Zimmerman's defense team never used the 'Stand Your Ground Law' as his defense. He used the common self-defense law. So, what's the difference? Perhaps this will explain it.
"I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground Law is abolished in Florida I will never perform there again,” proclaimed singer Stevie Wonder. “Wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world." Wonder made that statement Sunday at a concert in Quebec City, Quebec.
Monday in Tallahassee, dozens marched into the Florida governor’s office chanting, "The world is ours, the world is ours." All were protesting George Zimmerman getting acquitted on the 'Stand Your Ground' law.
"The case never hinged on Stand Your Ground at all," said Ft. Myers State Representative Matt Caldwell. "Stand Your Ground was really designed to address a totally different situation. For example in their home someone would break in and the criminal may not be armed but her certainly made grandma feel extremely threatened and in danger and she uses a gun in that scenario."
Caldwell says Zimmerman didn't need the Stand Your Ground law because the incident wasn't in a home or a vehicle, so his defense team went with what's known as traditional self-defense. "Certainly Stand Your Ground could've been a defense that he could have availed himself of but again they felt clearly that their strongest position was a traditional self-defense claim and they prevailed," added Caldwell.
Since the end of the trial Saturday night, there's been talk about the possibility of a federal civil rights lawsuit being filed against Zimmerman. But, if it's filed it would be filed by Trayvon Martin's family and if they wind up losing that case, by law, they would then have to pay all of legal fees Zimmerman incurs in that case.
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