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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Stand your ground’ was irrelevant
I read Donald Lambro’s piece on the George Zimmerman trial and, as with a number of other commentaries, I wondered whether the description was about the same matter I and the jury saw (“Making a case for Trayvon Martin,” Commentary, July 25). Mr. Lambro refers a number of times to Florida’s “stand your ground law,” which had absolutely nothing to do with the case.
The evidence presented showed that the unfortunate victim had attacked Mr. Zimmerman and was beating him and banging his head on the pavement. The jury thought that Mr. Zimmerman acted in self-defense. Everything else is pure speculation, except for Trayvon Martin’s racist comments to his girlfriend, and that he had traces of marijuana in his system. The drink he was carrying was not iced tea. It was a drink that, when mixed with the candy Trayvon was carrying and another ingredient, can cause a high.
Mr. Zimmerman was perhaps overprotective of his neighbors, many of whom had been burglarized, but Trayvon acted like the thug he was and sadly paid the ultimate price for it. Repeal of Florida’s “stand your ground” law will do nothing to avoid similar situations.
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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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