Jeralyn at TalkLeft has a very detailed and interesting assessment of what happened in the George Zimmerman case. It’s well worth a read. I had not found anyone speaking of this issue, as to whether Zimmerman’s attorney would even want to try for an immunity hearing under the SYG law:
If Zimmerman Attorney Mark O’Mara believes the Judge will find some way to wriggle out of ruling in Zimmerman’s favor at a Stand your Ground hearing, the question becomes, should he even try for it? It would give the state a free preview of his defense case at trial, giving the state additional time to find specific arguments and witnesses to refute it. On the other hand, it gives the defense a free test-drive on cross-examination of the state’s witnesses.
The idea that a judge is going to want to toss this hot potato as soon as it lands in his lap seems pretty reasonable to me. It’s going to be very interesting to see what happens from here.