George Zimmerman Trial  (Page 2)

Coalition to Stop Gun Violence objects to Andrew Branca speaking at Campbell U Law School (Update – UC Berkeley too)

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:00am 4/9/2014 at 11:00am

Andrew Branca was invited by Campbell University Law School to speak on the issue for which he is best known, The Law of Self Defense.

Here’s part of the press release announcing the visit:

Nationally renowned self-defense expert Andrew Branca will speak at Campbell Law School next Tuesday, April 8 at noon in...

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Breaking – E.J. Dionne unable to grasp Stand Your Ground laws

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:30pm 2/21/2014 at 3:30pm
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E.J. Dionne, Jr., in his Washington Post piece entitled “Repeal stand-your-ground laws,” presents us with yet another example of the utter inability of too many journalists to grasp the relatively simple and straightforward legal concept commonly referred to as “Stand-Your-Ground.”

Humorously, the first paragraph of his piece had me utterly convinced that Dionne...

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Zimmerman case was everything Dunn case was not

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:38pm 2/17/2014 at 8:38pm

The Zimmerman and Dunn cases have been lumped together by many commentators, but the cases had almost nothing in common.

Based on the evidence presented in court, the Zimmerman jury got it right. Based on the evidence presented in court, the Dunn jury got the murder count wrong in deadlocking — although...

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Sanford Police Chief Walks Back “No Guns on Neighborhood Watch” Policy

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:44am 11/6/2013 at 8:44am

Although it had been widely reported (including right here at Legal Insurrection) that the Sanford, FL police department had banned Neighborhood Watch volunteers from being lawfully armed, Police Chief Cecil Smith now says that this policy was miscommunicated to the public.

It remains true that volunteers in a more thoroughly organized form...

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False narrative of Trayvon Martin shooting embeds on campuses

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 11:30am 9/26/2013 at 11:30am

The deification of Trayvon Martin, with comparisons to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Emmitt Till, is just part of the false narrative of the prosecution of George Zimmerman.

We are seeing a mythology grow and become embedded on campuses which misrepresents the factual and legal nature of the case.  Long ago it...

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Video: Did The Zimmerman Jury Get It Right?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:15pm 9/13/2013 at 7:15pm

Andrew Branca and I gave a lecture on September 12, 2013, at Cornell Law School in an event sponsored by the Cornell 2nd Amendment Club.

The topic was the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin and subsequent trial.

My segment starts at 2:45 and Andrew Branca’s...

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Did the Jury get it right in The Zimmerman Trial?

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 1:41pm 9/3/2013 at 1:41pm

Umm, let me think on that.

I have until September 12 at 4 p.m. to decide.

This event sponsored by the Cornell Law School 2nd Amendment Club is open to the public, although good luck finding parking!

Update: In response to some reader inquiries, I’m not sure if there will be a live stream,...

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Efforts to Repeal Stand-Your-Ground Falter, Fail . . . Backfire?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 25, 2013 at 12:03pm 8/25/2013 at 12:03pm

The much ballyhooed efforts to repeal the Stand Your Ground law in Florida have suffered an ignominious and well-deserved death.

An enormous and bi-partisan majority of Florida legislators —72%– this week overwhelmingly declined to hold a special session for the purpose of even debating the repeal of SYG.

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True Story: GA Sex Offender Seeks Re-Trial of Zimmerman

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 12:24pm 8/11/2013 at 12:24pm

Just when you thought the Zimmerman case couldn’t get any crazier, here we go.

An amicus curiae brief has been filed in support of a motion to re-try George Zimmerman for second-degree murder. The full brief is embedded at the bottom of this post.  (“Amicus curiae” literally means “friend of the court”, not a...

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Oprah: Trayvon Martin = Emmett Till

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 8:15pm 8/6/2013 at 8:15pm

Of course, the two cases bear no resemblance at so many levels.

But Oprah can’t help herself, and debases the memory of Emmett Till by comparing Till’s whistling at a white woman and subsequent beating death to the violence perpetrated by Trayvon Martin upon George Zimmerman who acted in legally justifiable self defense.

Oprah thinks...

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The hoodie: et tu, Smithsonian?

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 2, 2013 at 5:00pm 8/2/2013 at 5:00pm

So now we have word that the Smithsonian is “eyeing” Trayvon Martin’s hoodie for its new branch, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

According to the branch’s director Lonnie Bunch:

It became the symbolic way to talk about the Trayvon Martin case…It’s rare that you get one artifact that really...

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Bill Cosby, the Zimmerman case, and guns

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 8:00am 7/28/2013 at 8:00am

Look, I want to give Bill Cosby his props. He’s been speaking up courageously for years on the problems within the black community, and he’s gotten a lot of flak for it. It can’t have been easy for him.

Here are some excerpts from the address Cosby gave to the NAACP in...

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Zimmerman Redux: The Breaking Louisiana Self-Defense Case of Merritt Landry

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5:00pm 7/27/2013 at 5:00pm

Merritt Landry, a 33-year-old “white caucasian” shot the victim, a 14-year-old black boy, in the head. A single spent cartridge case was recovered at the scene, indicating that a semi-automatic weapon was used and suggesting that a single shot was fired. The hour of the shooting was approximately 2:00AM, on Friday,...

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Did Zimmerman juror really apologize for verdict or was interview deceptively edited?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11:00am 7/27/2013 at 11:00am

The fallout of the George Zimmerman trial continues, as one of the trial jurors made some startling admissions during an ABC interview:

The only minority on the all-female jury that voted to acquit George Zimmerman said today that Zimmerman “got away with murder” for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an...

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Why Judge Nelson Was Wrong to Exclude Martin’s Cell Phone Evidence

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 26, 2013 at 6:30pm 7/26/2013 at 6:30pm

As happens with gratifying frequency, one of the Legal Insurrection commenters today made a great contribution to yesterday’s thread, “When Is Evidence of Your Attacker’s Character Admissible In Court?”

This particular comment was posted by “Edgehopper” (I could tell you his real name, but then I’d have to kill you–let’s just say...

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When Is Evidence of Your Attacker’s Character Admissible In Court?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6:30pm 7/25/2013 at 6:30pm

During the Zimmerman trial there was considerable consternation among much of the public that the trial judge, Debra Nelson, had excluded certain evidence about Trayvon Martin’s past, including his apparent drug use, illegal firearms dealing, passion for “street fighting”, among other pleasant character traits.

Now that the trial has ended in a...

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Houston Gas Station Shooting: SYG or not? Break it Down with AOJ

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 2:00pm 7/24/2013 at 2:00pm

Hungry for another claimed example of a deadly Stand-Your-Ground defensive encounter, the mainstream media has seized upon the gas-station shooting death of a black man by a rifle-armed woman, also black, this past Sunday in Houston.

Video of the encounter was captured by the gas station’s security cameras, both inside the enclosed...

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