George Zimmerman’s attorneys have not said they will invoke Florida’s “stand-your-ground” law in their client’s trial that begins today in Sanford. But the defense team might, and the trial can’t help but call attention to the law.
Prosecutors likely will portray Mr. Zimmerman as a man who had to settle for neighborhood watch patrols because he couldn’t get hired as a police officer. The prosecution will say that on Feb. 26, 2012 the armed Mr. Zimmerman provoked a confrontation with the unarmed Trayvon Martin, panicked and fatally shot the 17-year-old. Mr. Zimmerman claims self-defense on the charge of second-degree murder.
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