'Stand your ground' law was central to Zimmerman verdict

Published: Friday, Jul. 19, 2013 - 10:07 am

Re "Florida boycott to be urged" (Capitol & California, July 18): There is a misconception that Florida's "stand your ground" law played no role in the George Zimmerman trial. In fact, the judge's instructions to the jury stated that Zimmerman "had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly forceâ." This is a direct quote from the Florida statute. One juror stated on CNN that the jury found Zimmerman not guilty because of the heat of the moment and the "stand your ground" law.

The proposed Florida boycott proposal addresses the important role played by that law in the whole course events from Zimmerman's behavior right through to his ultimate acquittal.

-- Richard Haggstrom, Davis

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