George Zimmerman Verdict: Right, Wrong, or Just Another Example of the Imperfect Nature of the Law?

September 2013Articles The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association

On July 13, 2013, the jury in the murder trial of George Zimmerman acquitted the self-appointed neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida, of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges arising from his shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was returning home from a trip to the local store to buy candy and iced tea. Like many Americans, in the wake of the verdict, I found myself internally conflicted and somewhat frustrated. After a few days of wrestling with my feelings, questions and internal conflict, I believed it was important enough to write about it. This is my attempt to share my internal thought progression immediately following the verdict, my research on Florida’s “stand your ground” law, thoughts on how Florida’s law compares to Delaware’s self-defense law, and to articulate some of the questions that I struggled with following the verdict and leave them for others to think about as well.

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