First and foremost, the Trayvon Martin case had NOTHING to do with the Stand Your Ground stature in Florida.
That term was brought up by the media to make people interested in the case. Zimmerman’s lawyers never used the words “Stand Your Ground” in the courtroom for that trail. They never tried to say his crimes were just under the Stand Your Ground law.
Secondly, Trayvon was not as innocent. When the case came out, I was under the impression that Trayvon was merely walking (with a bag of skittles and an iced tea) through his neighborhood when George Zimmerman (a started following him. Trayvon got upset about that and gave Zimmerman a piece of his mind, Zimmerman felt threatened so he pulled out a gun and shot Taryvon. THIS IS NOT TRUE!
The real story was as follows. The part about Trayvon walking with his bag of Skittles and his iced tea is true. He did feel uncomfortable with Zimmerman following him, so he did give him a piece of his mind. However, at some point during their verbal altercation, Trayvon deemed it necessary to start attacking George Zimmerman. The attack included Trayvon slamming Zimmerman’s head on the curb, repetitively. At this point, Zimmerman pulled out his gun (which he had been told not to bring with him on his rounds several times before) and fatally shot Trayvon Martin.
As stated earlier, I was completely under the impression that Trayvon Martin was completely innocent of any crime and was nothing more than a boy walking outside at night time.
But this semester I’m taking an Intro to Criminal Justice course and in that class we talked about this case. I had NO idea that Trayvon put a single finger on Zimmerman. I had NO idea that the case had nothing to do with Stand Your Ground. My professor, who was an enforcer of the law for longer than I’ve been alive and who know teaches the law told my class that the media is the reason we were all led to believe Trayvon was 100% innocent.
Do I think Trayvon deserved to die for his actions, FUCK NO! Do I think Zimmerman deserves to see jail time, absolutely! The problem with this case is it became a spectacle. The state felt pressured to find him guilty of 2nd degree murder. This charge would put him in prison for life but, which is extremely hard to prove without witnesses and/or more evidence.
Next time a case like this happens, don’t listen to what the media has to tell you. Don’t be fooled by television, just as I was. Educate yourself. Ask people who actually know the law. Talk to people who are knowledgeable in a field that has to do with crime.
I saw your first sentence and could read no more… What was the jury instructions?