Someone you may feel threatened by follows you..does this not give you the right to defend yourself if need be?
Only if the person becomes physically aggressive. Threatening language or creepy following alone does not give you the right to physically confront a person.
I could follow you all day singing, "I'm going to kill you, yes I am." You would not legally be able to do anything to me unless I began acting in a manner that actually proved intent to follow through. Even if I follow you home and stand in your drive way there is a whole series of steps you have to take before you can use the "stand your ground" law. The law is intended to allow someone to counteract violent actions.
Also, if a person physically attacks someone they lose the right to lethal force in self defense. The only exception is if he is physically and verbally trying to yield and extract himself from the situation. If the original victim presses their "defense" against a fleeing person they can become the aggressor. Thus they return the right of lethal force back to the person who started the confrontation.
Also previous behavior has little or no bearing on any defense case. Even if somebody beat you up thirty times you have to wait until you are attacked to use force on that person.
Whether or not Martin had the right to use the "stand your ground" law depends on whether Zimmerman attacked him or threatened him with his weapon. Simply following him does not reach the fear of imminent death, sexual assault, or grievous bodily injury threshold.
Until we find out exactly how that scuffle started we will not know who was standing their ground. I defend no one. I say let the state and Zimmerman present their cases and then decide.
edit on 12-4-2012 by MikeNice81 because: (no reason given)