Letter to the Editor

A grotesque law

Morro BayJuly 17, 2013 

I am one of those who was surprised and disappointed in the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case. But I have to concede that jurors might have a “reasonable doubt” under Florida’s grotesque version of the “stand your ground” law.

A vigilante like George Zimmerman might easily provoke an attack by a frightened teenager being followed and then have to defend himself. Under that law, he can do so using deadly force with impunity. The irony is that if Martin actually had been able to beat Zimmerman’s head into the pavement, he would have had the exact same defense. Too bad we cannot put that law on trial for murder.

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