March 23rd, 2012
08:19 PM ET

Zimmerman lawyer: case is about self defense, not Florida's 'stand your ground' law

A lawyer for George Zimmerman says his client was not motivated by race in the confrontation that led Zimmerman to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin–an incident the lawyer says was purely self defense, and will not be about Florida's controversial "stand your ground" law.

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  1. Sarah

    GOD is watching over us on a daily basis & HE sees eeyhvtring that onfolds All I can say is dat HIS word will forever maintain its sharpness as an arrow..HE has promised 2 recompense tribulation on those that trouble thee 1 Thes. 1:6 This shall be the reward of Zimmerman and whosoever that supports HIS action. U won't believe that blacks get pull over by police just because he/she is riding a fancy/flashy car? This madness has to stop! & with unity in CHRIST JESUS, we shall definitely overcome d prevailing situations, & above all, we shall stand up stall. I'm soooooo hurt cuz I'm a young lad, & know how important boys are to their mothers. I'm jus imagining what that woman is going through.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  2. Sandra McArthur

    As a parent of 2 grown young men I find this all so troubling. The one thing every parent is aware of is stranger danger, this is not just an issue for girls. As a parent you teach your children if a stranger approaches you flee or fight for your life. I think Trayvon must have been scared for his life as a grown man appraoched him with a gun. Mr Zimmerman was told by the police to leave and he should have. Claiming self defense is a simple case of self preservation for Mr Zimmerman.

    March 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  3. Aeesha

    We all need prayer cause the devil is working and winning. it is sad that every day we wake up to death..when will we as adults standup and take our children back and lead them to foundation,love,caring and growing

    March 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • Shota

      it is or does, etc. If you can't read between the lines of what I'm iakltng about, it boils down to whenever the other person(s) are up against a Black person(mostly males,but some females), the cop . the Prosecutor , and the Judges (white ones of course) automatically thinks .I mean down right their first thought(from the heart) is the Black person has to be in the wrong .that thought pattern is so high( my opinion=90-95%) from those whites(in charge of whatever) at any little or big crime or non-crime(when the races include a Black person) .must be the .F A U L T of the Black person involved(dead or alive), sad to say(May Travon R.I.P.). another sad thing about this and how true this is and happens much..much to often, I am living proof..automatically they beleived a regrettable white date of mine some years ago and you wouldn't believe because they believed her lies, how much has been taken away from me!? Over a Lie, by a white person, saying that lie first to the cops and then to the Judge. Also you ever notice how many whites really think God isn't watching them too, some of the so-called Christian ones will actually say . I know I'm getting into Heaven(despite pointing out to them that even a lie is a sin), you wouldn't believe how many white Christians feel they will automatically get into Heaven!!! I sure hope they're not basing that on the color of their skin, because many are(feeling that way). So Sad. p.s.,sorry about the spelling errors,for whatever reason, the cursor wouldn't let me go to other lines for corrections.

      April 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  4. Aeesha

    Had this been zimmerman son killed by a blackman wilthis all be happening? No cause that blackman will be locked up.it is sad to know that the police officers and the DA has not step up and did there jobs. we as people r at aplace called LOST there is no justice and evenwhen and if zimmerman do go to jail it will never be the right justice cause it took a nation tostand up.when will there be equal never had itwas equal for all i as aparent,child,sistef, friend,cousin,niece a black woman wouldnt be on this blog!

    March 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  5. Meg Strickler

    Self defense?! Good luck with that. There's a legal concept called "mutual combat". Skittles and iced tea are not equal to a gun. Self defense can only fly if there is equal aggression.

    March 23, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Reply

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