No Stand Your Ground in Martin Trial

by Robert VerBruggen

The narrative that George Zimmerman is presenting in court — Trayvon Martin knocked him down and started pounding his head into the ground — does not rely on the much- (but wrongly) maligned self-defense law Stand Your Ground.

What Stand Your Ground did was eliminate the “duty to retreat,” which never applied in situations where a victim does not have the ability to retreat. Zimmerman will use the opportunity of a Stand Your Ground hearing, however, to present his self-defense arguments and ask that the case be dismissed.

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