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"He has no protection under my law," former Sen. Durell Peaden told the newspaper. Florida's law, called "stand your ground" by supporters and "shoot first" by critics, was passed in 2005 and permits residents to use deadly force if they "reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony." Traditionally, self-defense laws did not typically extend beyond a person's home, but the Florida law, and at least 20 more passed across the country since them, allows a resident to "meet force with force" almost anywhere, including the street or a bar. Zimmerman, 28, reportedly admitted to police that he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on the evening of February 26. He was released without being charged after claiming he killed the boy in self-defense. But 911 recordings released over the weekend suggest that Zimmerman, who has a concealed weapons permit and volunteered in an apparently informal neighborhood watch program, pursued Martin, despite being told police were on their way. It is the fact that Zimmerman ignored the 911 operator's advice not to follow Martin that former Sen. Peaden says disqualifies him from claiming self-defense under the law. "The guy lost his defense right then," Peaden told the Miami Herald. "When he said 'I'm following him,' he lost his defense." Rep. Dennis Baxley, Peaden's co-sponsor in the Florida House, agrees with his former colleague, telling the newspaper that the law does not license neighborhood watch or others who feel "like they have the authority to pursue and confront people. That is aggravating an incident right there."
Originally posted by Monsatan
I am intrigued by this idea, it's interesting. I will gladly sit in as a juror. I don't even know anything about the case other than everyone is talking about it, just like a real juror.
I'd love to help, and learn a little something in the process. Does jury nullification still apply?
Originally posted by KonquestAbySS
Well I been all over these Zimmerman threads, not that I am defending that he killed someone, but I am defending the fact that the evidence that we have so far isn't enough to find Zimmerman guilty beyond reasonable doubt.
I could be his lawyer
Absolutely! Sit where ever you feel comfortable. Thanks you.
Originally posted by mamabeth
reply to post by beezzer
I am not politically correct and I can be somewhat biased
in my opinons...can you use me at all?
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by beezzer
After reading through the thread...this comes to my mind. (Hat tip to Pink Floyd)
Good morning, Worm your honor.
The crown will plainly show
The prisoner who now stands before you
Was caught red-handed showing feelings
Showing feelings of an almost human nature;
This will not do.
Call the schoolmaster!
I always said he'd come to no good
In the end your honor.
If they'd let me have my way I could
Have flayed him into shape.
But my hands were tied,
The bleeding hearts and artists
Let him get away with murder.
Let me hammer him today?
I'll take either Juror as I have to yet really form a opinion on this case, or the Defense. (Just because I like a good debate)