This bill actually encourages people to shoot their way out of situations and that’s not how we live in a civilized society. It’s a mentality that has permeated the state of Florida. It’s a mentality of shoot first, and we should not have that in a civilized society.Florida Senate Democratic leader Chris Smith • Discussing his party’s efforts to convene a special legislative session to modify or drop the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. While the effort may prove a challenge—both chambers in Florida are controlled by Republicans, Gov. Rick Scott has created a task force to investigate the law. Smith and his Florida House cohort Perry Thurston suggest a ballot initiative is likely if a revised law isn’t passed.
I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world. As I said earlier, you can’t just talk about it, you have to be about it.
I included the map to show just how much touring money he’s about to lose over this. It’s a pretty big sacrifice.(via kingjaffejoffer)
So-called Stand Your Ground laws have garnered a lot of attention since the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the slaying of Sanford, FL teen Trayvon Martin, though as we mentioned earlier, the Zimmerman defense team never actually argued that provision of Florida law in their case. Subsequent comments by one of the six-person jury to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, however, suggest they may have included the controversial law in their deliberations in spite of that fact.
swagandpassion says: Hey SFB. I'm not sure if this was asked already, but many people are counting down the clock until George Zimmerman will get a book deal and receive high profile interviews; basically the Casey Anthony treatment in a sense. How soon would a civil rights case have to be filed before he could profit from his 'circumstance'? How likely is a civil rights case to be successful.
» SFB says: I’m not a legal expert here, but from what I’ve read, it probably makes more sense of the Martin family to file a wrongful death suit against Zimmerman if their goal is to prevent him from taking advantage of the case for monetary gain. There are prior cases where this route was taken, most notably the Goldman family’s lawsuit against O.J. Simpson to prevent the release of the pseudo-confession “If I Did It,” which the Goldman family released as “Confessions of the Killer” after taking ownership of the book.
As for the chances a civil rights case of finding success, comments on the matter are mixed. The Christian Science Monitor has a good roundup of takes on the matter from legal experts who think the federal government may not see enough of a case to actually go forward, though others think otherwise. But it’s too soon for all that. The NAACP, which is advocating for a civil rights case, has Eric Holder’s ear. Holder is speaking at their annual conference tomorrow, in fact. I’m going with “inconclusive”, personally. — Ernie @ SFB
Cases are brought on the merits. The merits are evaluated by the professionals at the Department of Justice. That’s not something the president involves himself in.Jay Carney • Responding to a reporter’s question,regarding the possibility that President Obama might be involved in the Department of Justice’s review of possible federal charges to be filed against George Zimmerman, during a morning briefing at the White House on Monday. President Obama has offered little in the way of opinion on the matter since Zimmerman’s verdict was revealed on Saturday, instead urging the country to remain calm in the wake of the jury’s decision. source