Tag Archives: Trayvon Martin


Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law by Janet Raasch  
Can You Use Deadly Force to Defend Yourself?

You hear someone trying to enter you house at night. You are accosted by a threatening stranger on the street. In these frightening situations, are you allowed to use deadly force to protect yourself? It depends on where you live. Laws differ from state to state. What may be considered self-defense in one state can be grounds for a murder or manslaughter indictment in another. It is important to know the laws in the state where you live, especially if …

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Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law by Betsy Kim  
Who Should Pay George Zimmerman’s Legal Costs? [Poll]

As reported in Lawyers.com, George Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, is requesting the state of Florida reimburse him up to $300,000 in legal costs. A jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The costs cover expenses like expert witnesses, investigations, travel, courtroom visual aids and depositions, but not attorneys’ fees. O’Mara is making the request to the state’s Justice Administration Commission, which handles payments for indigent defendants. He argues when …

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Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law gun rights by Betsy Kim  
Stand Your Ground Laws Hurt Blacks [Infographic]

Statistics show in murder trials, black defendants with white victims are more likely to be convicted than when it’s the other way around. The numbers also indicate the Stand Your Ground defense leads to harsher results for blacks compared to whites. The www.topcriminaljusticedegrees.com infographic below notes since 2005, in Non-Stand Your Ground states, white on black killings are justified 10 percent of the time, while in Stand Your Ground states, white on black killings are justified 17 percent of the …

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Posted 1 year ago in Criminal Law gun rights by Sylvia Hsieh  
ALEC Pushed Stand Your Ground Laws in Dozens of States

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. As public protests continue over the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there’s increased scrutiny on ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws like Florida’s statute that allows someone to use deadly force rather than retreat from a confrontation. President Obama has questioned whether such laws contribute to “peace and order” and urged states to review them. The two …

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Posted 1 year ago in Crime Government gun rights by Aaron Kase  
‘Stand Your Ground’ Means More Homicides

This is Part Four of our four-part series on Stand Your Ground Laws. Please see Part One: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Isn’t Making Anyone Safer [Video], Part Two: ‘Stand Your Ground’ Fails to Deter Crime, Part Three: Task Force Examines Racial Bias in ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws. A study released this year by Texas A&M University economists found no decrease in crime in states that passed stand your ground laws, but rather a measurable increase in homicides. Stand Your Ground …

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