It was a simple case of self defense in a state that has a standard ground law - nothing more nothing less.<quoted text>
The jury was instructed-- properly, because of the horrid SYG law-- to acquit.
They had no choice, really.
No-- I'm not black-- not that it matters.
But laws **were** broken, but because he was white, he got to use SYG as a "Get Out Of Jail Free".
Fact: he **did** fire a gun within city limits. That's usually against city ordinances.
Fact: he **did** fire a gun with the intent to cause bodily harm-- that **is** against ordinances pretty much everywhere.
Fact: he **did** prematively decide to shoot his victim, making it premeditated murder, by the strictest definition of the term.
Fact: he **did** shoot and kill his victim-- that falls under the definition of murder pretty much anywhere.
Extenuating circumstances may or may not be applied in the above.
His defense was to use the SYG law-- so automatically goes free, for premeditated murder of an unarmed kid.
Had the kid been **white**? He'd likely be in jail.
Had he been black, and the kid white? He would be facing the death penalty.
Statistically-speaking, of course.
The Florida State instructions to the jury and laws are online I invite you to read them.
Perhaps I should point this out to those who like to conveniently forget...
Fast-forward to 2013, post-acquittal of Florida resident George Zimmerman, and Mr. Obama is now denouncing the very same laws he once supported.
Last Friday he said, the Illinois Review reported:I think it may be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations, confrontations and tragedies as we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.
I know that theres been commentary about the fact that stand your ground laws in Florida were not used as defense of the case. On the other hand, if were sending a message as society in our communities that someone who is armed has a right to use those firearms even if theres a way for them to exit from the situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that wed like to see?
Mr. Obama then posed the question: If Trayvon Martin had been armed, would he have been legally justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman if he had felt threatened?
And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws, he said.
What was the title of that article?
Then-Sen. Obama co-sponsored stand your ground law in 2004 in Illinois