I"m really not even sure how the stand your ground law relates to this incident. Stand your ground laws are related to your ability to shoot if you feel threatened as in, bad people are approaching you with harmful intent. In other words, you don't have to wait till your arse starts getting beat to take action. I really fail to see how this would apply in this case because if TM was beating his arse on the ground, he was well past the point of "self defense" being debateable. I'm pretty certain that before stand your ground laws ever existed, you were allowed the right to self defense if you were getting the shite kicked out of you.
Hmm, Zimmerman's lawyer was planning on using the "stand you ground" to get the case dismissed, so one would think that is how it relates to this case. Maybe that is one of the reason for all the contraversy that this particular case has brought a lot of attention to regarding that specific law and whether it should be changed.
In Florida, the law has resulted in self-defense claims tripling. The law's critics argue that Florida's law makes it very difficult to prosecute cases against people who shoot others and then claim self-defense. The shooter can argue they felt threatened, and in most cases, the only witness who could have argued otherwise is the victim who was shot and killed.
I'm sorry. This is retarded. TM was less than 100 yards from his home. He was CLOSER to his house than GZ was to him when he became aware he was being followed. And, he went BACK to meet GZ very near where GZ was in the first place(we know this from where the fight took place)
You say this with such certainty - how do you know where TM was when he was aware that he was being followed? How do you know for certain the distance that he was from entering the house? Because Zimmerman said this? How close do you think Zimmerman got to TM for TM to notice that he was being followed? Do you turn around and think that everybody behind you is "after" you? For all any of us know, TM may not have seen Zimmerman, may have just turned around and saw Zimmerman and said hmmm "I think I'll go beat this guy up after I eat my skittles".
If you have a link to that video surveillance showing exactly where both TM and Zimmerman was, please share that so that we can see it, otherwise you got nothing but the story from a man who calls the cops because a guy looks up to no good, gets out of his vehicle to follow after him carrying a loaded gun, and then claims self defense and trying to use the "stand your ground" to get the case thrown out. Once again, if TM could talk you might not get the same story.....
Stand your ground laws are related to your ability to shoot if you feel threatened as in, bad people are approaching you with harmful intent. In other words, you don't have to wait till your arse starts getting beat to take action.
So if TM realized that he was being followed, felt threatened because he has no way of knowing whether Zimmerman is a bad person or not, he would have a right to take action or to "stand your ground". You seem to suggest that he should have proceeded on to his house. Ok, I do agree with you on that. However, I still think Zimmerman should have just called the law and stayed in the truck. Problem solved. The cops do the investigation since this is their job. They see that a crime did not occur, that TM was staying with his father's friend, Zimmerman is happy because no crime occurred and that this suspicious person was not out of place since he was staying with a family friend. No fight, no death. Everybody go on about their normal routine.
Anyway it does not really matter what you or I think, there will be 12 jurors in Florida deciding this case. However, I have a gut feeling that "stand your ground" law will be affected by this verdict.