Stand Your Ground

Zimmerman Verdict Unlikely To Change States’ ‘Stand-Your-Ground’ Laws

Despite an outcry from civil rights groups, a call for close examination by President Barack Obama and even a 1960s-style sit-in at the Florida governor’s office, the jury’s verdict that George Zimmerman was justified in shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin is unlikely to spur change to any of the nation’s stand-your-ground self-defense laws.

CBS Tampa–07/21/2013

George Zimmerman has been found not guilty. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

Fla. Protesters Upset With Verdict Staying Put

Protesters angered by the acquittal of George Zimmerman remained firmly in place at the Florida Capitol for a fourth straight day and repeated that they have no plans to leave, choosing to stay locked in for the weekend.

07/19/2013

Demonstrators march in the streets against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.  (credit: Paul Warner/Getty Images)

Gov. Scott Meets With Protesters At State Capitol

Protesters who set up camp in the state Capitol building earlier this week finally got to meet with Gov. Rick Scott late Thursday, and they urged him to push for the repeal of Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law and to take steps to combat racial profiling.

07/19/2013

Trayvon Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, are seen with the family's legal counsel Benjamin Crump. (Photo by PAULA BUSTAMANTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Holder: Time To Reassess Stand-Your-Ground Laws

Citing concern over the killing of Trayvon Martin in central Florida, Attorney General Eric Holder said stand-your-ground laws, which allow a person who believes they are in danger to use deadly force, should be reassessed.

07/17/2013

File photo of Fla. Gov. Rick Scott. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Fla. Gov. Target Of Protest Over Zimmerman Verdict

Dozens of protesters carrying signs demanding justice for Trayvon Martin crammed into the lobby of Gov. Rick Scott’s office Tuesday and refused to leave until the governor either met with them or called lawmakers back to the Capitol to address issues like the state’s “stand your ground” law.

07/16/2013

George Zimmerman watches during his hearing at the Seminole County Courthouse on Oct. 19, 2012 in Sanford, Fla. (credit: Stephen M. Dowell-Pool/Getty Images)

George Zimmerman Won’t Seek Immunity Hearing

The former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting a Florida teenager told a judge Tuesday that he agrees with his defense attorneys’ decision not to seek an immunity hearing under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law.

04/30/2013

George Zimmerman, defendant in the killing of Trayvon Martin, sits in Seminole circuit court for a pre-trial hearing April 30, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. (credit: Joe Burbank - Pool/Getty Images)

Zimmerman Won’t Seek ‘Stand Your Ground’ Immunity Hearing

The former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin told a judge Tuesday that he agrees with his defense attorneys’ decision not to seek an immunity hearing under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law.

04/30/2013

George Zimmerman arrives with his lead counsel, Mark O'Mara for a hearing in Seminole circuit court on Feb. 5, 2013 in Sanford, Fla. (credit: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images)

Zimmerman Lawyer Cancels ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing

In a surprise move, the lawyer for George Zimmerman has canceled next month’s “stand your ground” hearing.

03/05/2013

People stand outside during the National Bar Association town hall meeting titled, 'Standing Our Ground for Justice' in Tampa, Fla. Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman, a member of a neighborhood watch in Sanford, Florida, who has been charged with second degree murder in the shooting. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)

Task Force Says ‘Stand Your Ground’ Is A Good Law

A state task force has determined that Florida’s so-called “stand your ground” statute is a good law and shouldn’t be overturned.

02/22/2013

George Zimmerman takes the stand during his bond hearing for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, April 20, 2012.  (credit: AFP/Getty images)

Judge Reluctant To Delay In Zimmerman Case

The judge in the case of the former neighborhood watch leader charged in the shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin says it would take extreme circumstances for her to grant a continuance for his upcoming self-defense immunity hearing.

02/15/2013

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