Yesterday a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder. It is widely argued that Florida’s stand your ground (SYG) statute-- which was drafted with the aid of the NRA, considered by the defense, and studied by Zimmerman in a criminal litigation course-- was at play. The SYG statute allows a person to use proportionate force when attacked with no duty to retreat or escape. More than 20 states have SYG laws.

Researchers at the MetroTrends urban institute analyzed 4,650 FBI records of homicides in which a person killed a stranger with a handgun. (See the table below.) In SYG states, 13.6% of homicides under these circumstances were found to be justified, versus 7.2% in non-SYG states. Examined in the context of race, homicides are far more commonly ruled as justifiable in cases of white-on-black killings than any other kind. SYG drastically increases the likelihood of a not-guilty finding in a homicide, but only when a white person kills a black person.
(Source)

Views: 97

Reply to This

Forum

Calling me kiddo?

Started by Belle Rose in Society. Last reply by Belle Rose 3 hours ago. 16 Replies

I am super scared - we're headed for WW3

Started by Belle Rose in Politics. Last reply by Belle Rose 6 hours ago. 28 Replies

What Do Canadians Think is Important?

Started by JadeBlackOlive in Small Talk. Last reply by Pope Beanie 6 hours ago. 33 Replies

Blog Posts

Monoceros - the unicorn

Posted by Brad Snowder on February 18, 2017 at 5:45pm 0 Comments

New wave of terrorism

Posted by Noon Alif on February 16, 2017 at 9:54am 2 Comments

© 2017   Created by umar.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service