[UPDATE: Article is a year old. I’m pretty sure I got this one from Google, which sometimes resurfaces old material. I usually catch it, but sometimes if it was a year ago, similar date, I miss that the year is off. This is one of those cases.]Â Via Human Events:
As Dershowitz points out, the evidence released in this case means Floridaâ€™s â€œStand Your Groundâ€ law isnâ€™t even a factor in Zimmermanâ€™s defense.Â Much political hay has been made out of this law, but if Zimmerman was on the ground getting beaten to a pulp, withdrawal from the encounter was physically impossible for him.Â â€œA defendant, under Florida law, loses his â€˜stand your groundâ€™ defense if he provoked the encounter,â€ observes Dershowitz, â€œbut he retainsÂ traditional self-defenseÂ if he reasonably believed his life was in danger and his only recourse was to employ deadly force.â€
That’s what we’ve been saying all along. The whole “stand your ground” nonsense was ginned up by political opportunists.