Trayvon’s Mom Begins Lobbying for Repeal of “Stand Your Ground” Laws
According to Fox News,
The mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and a prominent black lawyers’ organization are keeping up the pressure for repeal of “stand your ground” self-defense laws.
Sybrina Fulton joined the call Monday with top officials of the National Bar Association, which is holding its annual convention in Miami Beach. Fulton says she believes neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman got away with murder when he shot Martin in Sanford last year.
This revelation follows comments in which Fulton essentially blamed Florida’s self defense laws for Trayvon’s death.
According to CNN,
“Wrap your mind around no prom for Trayvon, no high school graduation for Trayvon … all because of a law — a law that has prevented the person who shot and killed my son” from paying “for this awful crime,” Sybrina Fulton said Friday afternoon at the National Urban League Conference in Philadelphia.
George Zimmerman was acquitted 2 weeks ago in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. An all female jury found that Zimmerman acted in self defense when he shot Martin.
The case has also caused several Democratic politicians to speak out on “stand your ground” self defense laws. Stand your ground laws require no duty to retreat before resorting to deadly force when you are the victim of a crime.
While Zimmerman did not argue a stand your ground defense, the jury was instructed on the statute in the jury instructions.