Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sponsor of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law Says It Doesn’t Apply to George Zimmerman

Recently, National Public Radio interviewed Florida State Representative Dennis Baxley, co-sponsor of the statute on which George Zimmerman relies to justify his killing of Trayvon Martin. Rep. Baxley stated that the statute does not justify what Zimmerman did:

From my review, I certainly - it certainly wasn't the intent of any of us to protect anyone who was pursuing and confronting other people. It was when an individual law-abiding citizen was the subject and the victim of a violent attack. And an investigation always has to be done to determine that. I think in this case the important thing is we have a template moving forward.

Still, he continues to endorse the statute. Here is the interview with Neil Conan of NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

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http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2012/03/sponsor-of-floridas-stand-your-ground-law-says-it-doesnt-apply-to-george-zimmerman.html

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Posted by: Cassius | Mar 29, 2012 5:25:13 PM

Yes, but according to Zimmerman, he was attacked. According to Zimmerman and according to the girl on the phone with Martin, Martin is the one who confronted Zimmerman. He asked him why he was following him. I don't think Florida has a law about following people. And 911 operators don't make the law by fiat.

Posted by: Cassius | Mar 29, 2012 5:14:47 PM

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