ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The jury reached its verdict. It determined that George Zimmerman was not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Travon Martin.
The verdict applied Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” statute to a nighttime confrontation between a young black man and a neighborhood watch participant that ended with the youth’s gunshot death. Every pundit, politician and personality who has even driven past a law school has commented on this case.
President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have urged that repeal of Stand Your Ground laws by the 30-some states that have enacted them is the only way to prevent further violent tragedies.
We have examined Florida’s Stand Your Ground statute here before. These statutes vary from state to state but generally allow one to utilize deadly force in response to a perceived threat. Specifically, Florida’s Statutes Section 776.013 states: