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Response to TheWraith (Reply #38)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 05:42 AM

72. You might be right if "justified" entered into the equation at all

The problem is, it doesn't. Go and read the Florida shoot first law.

English common law already recognizes that citizens don't have a duty to retreat in their own home. So while it might be true that most states have incorporated some of these principles into their self defense laws, it's a very different thing to say that "almost every state" has laws like those of Florida. The so-called Castle Doctrine, as the name implies, refers to your castle, or home. The Florida law applies to virtually anywhere, and not just in your home as it does in some other states that have similar laws.

If you read the fucked up LaPierre written Florida law, you'll find that all that's required is the "reasonable belief" that you are in fear of bodily harm or that someone is about to commit a "forcible felony", and this doesn't just apply to inside the home. It applies to just about anywhere. So it doesn't matter that Zimmerman stalked and persued Martin. It doesn't matter that he was told by the cops not to persue him. It doesn't matter than Zimmerman was a cop wannabe that didn't know his thumb from his dick. It doesn't even matter if you, I, the DA, or the pope didn't reasonably believe he had cause to use deadly force. It only matters what Zimmerman believed. This is why he will probably get off, assuming he's ever charged in the first place.

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