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Response to krispos42 (Reply #51)

Mon Apr 2, 2012, 06:56 PM

73. All your posturing aside,

the simple point is the law is relevant because the Chief of Police, and the DA, and Zimmerman have made it so. The Chief of Police used it as a screen to hide behind and justify his failure to arrest. And if you think he did so wrongly, that is fine. That is your interpretation of proper application of the law --- but it is not proof that the law has nothing to do with the situation.

If a law exists that I can use as my defense, that law has something to do with my situation. You can then argue that law doesn't apply to me (it may not), but you can't argue with a straight face that law "has nothing to do with" my situation. Just like you could argue that the allowing the insanity defense didn't apply to the guy who shot Harvey Milk. Of course, it did have a lot to do with his trial, given his use of the twinkie defense (the sugar rush made me crazy).

That is why Ann Coulter is simply obtuse. She says outlandish things that have no basis in fact and people reward her by saying how smart she is. If she had said, the SYG doesn't apply to Zimmerman, because he was following the victim, I would have no quibble with her statement. Here, however, I have many quibbles. And I will continue to quantify them as necessary. Using equanimity if possible.

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