Zimmerman Waives “Stand Your Ground” Hearing Right In Trial

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George-Zimmerman-Stand-GrouIt seems as if George Zimmerman’s lawyers are pulling every trick they have out the bag to keep Zimmerman on the streets. Today Zimmerman waived his “Stand Your Ground” hearing, which not only shocked the court but allows his defense team more time to prepare.

The move allows the defense more time to prepare for the trial this summer, but also raises the stakes.

Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law entitles a person to use deadly force if he believes his life is threatened, and absolves them of an obligation to retreat from a confrontation, even if retreat is possible….

Zimmerman contends that he shot and killed the 17-year-old Martin after the teen confronted him as he walked to his father’s girlfriend’s house. Were Judge Nelson to have accepted his account under Stand Your Ground, all criminal proceedings would have immediately stopped, and Zimmerman would have walked free.

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Why would he waive this right? Is this more procedural or strategic? Either way, let’s not forget that a young boy’s life was lost and we need answers one way or another!

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  • http://www.OpinionatedMale.com Mr SoBo

    His attorneys probably encouraged him to waive it considering the 911 tapes have him clearly admitting that he was pursuing the young man despite the dispatcher telling him to fall back. A lack of credibility would surround his character had he attempted to use this as part of his defense. Would have certainly made him look bad in the eyes of jurors. He was clearly not 'standing his ground'. More gunning someone down to the ground for highly 'questionable' reasons.

    In any event…

    "Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law entitles a person to use deadly force if he believes his life is threatened, and absolves them of an obligation to retreat from a confrontation, even if retreat is possible…".

    It would be nice if more states adopted this law. Apart from the initial obvious concerns most have about the potential misuse of this law, I'm inclined to believe far less crime would occur if the intended criminal had a reason to fear for his/her life. A criminal knowing he is in as much of a life losing risk as his intended victim is quite the quandary and deterrent. Every person should be able to defend their 'right to life' by any means necessary without persecution of the law for doing so. Malcolm had it right.

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    • JazMaTazz

      Isn't that just "self defense?" Can someone explain the difference?

      Also, just out of curiousity. If a person just has to say, my life was threatened and the case disappears, couldn't any murderer for any reason just make this claim and be absolved? Where are the checks and balances in place to make sure this was a justified threat? How did this law even make it to light?

  • A. W.

    +1