Posts by Andrew Branca  (Page 30)
 

Florida’s Self-Defense Immunity Law: How it really works

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Posted by    Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 12:00pm 7/18/2013 at 12:00pm

In 2005 the Florida legislator enacted statute 776.032. “Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force.” This immunity statute is often erroneously referred to as Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground (SYG) law, even by lawyers, judges, and law professors who ought to know better (MSM journalists I forgive for such...

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The Marissa Alexander Case Wasn’t About “Stand-Your-Ground” Either

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8:30am 7/17/2013 at 8:30am

By now some of you may have heard about the Marissa Alexander case in Florida.

Many people are trying to twist the facts of this case in a fashion that will be familiar to the rational among us who watched the Zimmerman case.

Essentially they want to know why Florida’s stand-your-ground law was...

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Attorney Andrew Branca Participates on NPR Zimmerman Panel

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 7:24am 7/16/2013 at 7:24am

It was mid-afternoon when I received the phone call.  Would I be interested in participating on a panel discussing the Zimmerman case and self-defense law in general, to be hosted on KPCC, the Los Angeles area National Public Radio station?  Meh, why not, I told them.  And there I was, on...

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Post-Zimmerman Acquittal: Civil Rights, Immunity, and Perjury

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Posted by    Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 5:59am 7/16/2013 at 5:59am

Well, that’s it. George Zimmerman has his legal victory. Late in the night on Saturday, July 13, 2013, George officially survived a brutal and malicious legal assault backed by the full power of a State government intent on hanging a life sentence on an innocent man on the sole basis of emotional...

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Zimmerman Verdict Reached: NOT GUILTY

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Posted by    Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 9:50pm 7/13/2013 at 9:50pm

A verdict has been returned in Florida v. Zimmerman:

NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS

The State prosecutors, including the until recently rarely-seen Angela Corey, are currently providing interviews to the press, essentially re-arguing their catastrophically failed courtroom arguments. From this commentator’s perspective, they are simply in complete denial and/or in full-blown CYA mode,...

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Zimmerman Trial: Jury Asks for Clarification on Manslaughter

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Posted by    Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 6:14pm 7/13/2013 at 6:14pm

The Zimmerman trial jury paused their deliberations at around 6:00PM EST to present Judge Nelson with a question:

“May we please have clarification on instructions regarding manslaughter?”

Nelson announced the question to the parties in open court, and has now recessed court 30 minutes to address the issue with the jury.

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Zimmerman Trial: Verdict Watch LIVE

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Posted by    Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8:45am 7/13/2013 at 8:45am

Well, here we are: Verdict Watch.

The jury has been charged in Florida v. Zimmerman, and have begun their deliberations. The verdict form is here. Final Jury Instructions here.

Last night they asked for an inventory list of the evidence–which makes sense given the dozens of witnesses and hundreds of exhibits. Now,...

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Zimmerman Closing Analysis – O’Mara: No Evidence of Guilt; Guy: Martin Deserves the Truth

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Posted by    Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:02pm 7/12/2013 at 9:02pm

(Note: the first couple of paragraphs reflect today’s earlier, short post.  To start at the newest updates, skip to the first heading, “Mark O’Mara Delivers Compelling Narrative of Innocence Based on Evidence &  Law.”  The remainder of...

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Zimmerman Trial: Jury Charge and Verdict Watch LIVE

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Posted by    Friday, July 12, 2013 at 2:02pm 7/12/2013 at 2:02pm

All the closing arguments are now completed, and in a few moments the jury will be instructed, and then sent into deliberations. We will be covering the jury charge live here on streaming video, along with our usual twitter feed. Once the jury goes into deliberations, we will be prepared to...

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Zimmerman Defense Gives Evidence-Rich Closing, State Appeals to “Heart”

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Posted by    Friday, July 12, 2013 at 1:30pm 7/12/2013 at 1:30pm

This morning saw the defense give its closing statement in Florida v. Zimmerman, the last opportunity for them to deliver their compelling narrative of innocence to the jury. And boy, did Mark O’Mara deliver. In a closing rich with evidence, facts, and the law, O’Mara focused the jury on their legal obligation...

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Zimmerman Trial: Defense’s Closing Argument LIVE

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Posted by    Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:30am 7/12/2013 at 8:30am

Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, below.

This morning Mark O’Mara is to present the defense’s closing arguments, striving to raise at least as much reasonable...

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State’s Closing Argument: Two Hours of Raising Doubt

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Posted by    Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8:10pm 7/11/2013 at 8:10pm

NOTE:  Streaming video of the entirety of the State’s closing argument is provided at the bottom of this post.

Today, the State presented their closing argument to the jury in the matter of Florida v. Zimmerman. After 14 months of investigation and discovery, weeks of pre-trial hearings, weeks more of trial testimony,...

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Zimmerman Trial: Watch State’s Closing Argument LIVE

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Posted by    Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:30pm 7/11/2013 at 1:30pm

Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, below.

The State is scheduled to begin its closing argument at 1:30PM today, and the defense tomorrow morning. By tomorrow...

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Zimmerman Trial: The Jury Instructions

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Posted by    Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 1:02pm 7/11/2013 at 1:02pm

Breaking:  Charge on Murder 3/Child Abuse is denied by Judge Nelson

This morning the Court in Florida v. Zimmerman conducted a hearing to finalize the instructions that will guide the jury on arriving at a verdict. While some of the instructions were long-expected and raised little debate, others could only be described...

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Zimmerman Trial Day 13: Live Video, Analysis of State’s Closing Argument

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Posted by    Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8:55am 7/11/2013 at 8:55am

Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, below.

This morning is the charging conference, in which the State and defense will argue about the specific charges on...

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Zimmerman Defense Rests, Closing Statements Start Tomorrow

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 6:00pm 7/10/2013 at 6:00pm

The defense team continued on what is expected to be the last day of their presentation of their case. The day began and ended with a bang.  This morning Judge Nelson denied the defense’s request to introduce their animated movie as evidence, although they will be permitted to use it for...

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Breaking – Jury will not get to see Trayvon fighting texts

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 9:15am 7/10/2013 at 9:15am

The Judge in the Zimmerman trial just ruled that the jury will not get to see numerous text messages on Trayvon Martin’s phone regarding his prowess at fighting, including texts as to how to punch someone in the nose and make them bleed.

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