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Stand Your Ground

Martin Family Responds to Firing of Police Chief

NABJ | Kelcie C. McCrae and Matthew Vann | Posted 06.22.2012 | Black Voices

This story originally appeared on Trayvon Martin’s family is satisfied with Wednesday’s firing of Sanford (Fla.) Police Chi...

Will 'Stand Your Ground' Exonerate Zimmerman Without a Jury?

Byron Williams | Posted 08.21.2012 | Crime
Byron Williams

Under Florida's stand your ground law, can one leave the safety of one's vehicle, ignore police instructions, and still be exonerated without a jury?

Stand Your Ground Defense Fails For Man Tried For Killing Neighbor

AP | JUAN A. LOZANO | Posted 08.14.2012 | Crime

HOUSTON — A retired Texas firefighter convicted of fatally shooting his unarmed neighbor during a dispute over a noisy birthday party was descri...

Trymaine Lee

Trayvon Martin's Parents Urge Florida Task Force To Amend Law | Trymaine Lee | Posted 06.13.2012 | Black Voices

On Tuesday, during the first public meeting of the 19-member Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection, convened by Gov. Rick Scott to examine Flori...

Don't Care About Guns? You're Still in the NRA's Sights

Josh Horwitz | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Ignoring one of the biggest mouthpieces of the Conservative Movement because they happen to have the word "Rifle" in their name allows the NRA to turn the clock back on a host of important issues without accountability or challenge.

Trymaine Lee

Florida Stand Your Ground Task Force Holds First Public Meeting | Trymaine Lee | Posted 06.11.2012 | Black Voices

A Florida task force convened by Gov. Rick Scott to examine the state's controversial Stand Your Ground law is scheduled to have its first public meet...

Florida's Stand Your Ground Defense More Likely To Succeed If Victim Is Black

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 06.06.2012 | Black Voices

A newspaper report has found that the Stand Your Ground self-defense statute in Florida is more likely to succeed when the victim is black. The Ta...

Walmart Makes Big Decision On ALEC

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

By Jessica Wohl ROGERS, Ark., May 31 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world's No. 1 retailer and the biggest sell...

Protecting Marissa at the Expense of the Next Trayvon

Josh Horwitz | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Like George Zimmerman, Marissa Alexander discharged her weapon in Florida. Unlike Zimmerman, she was immediately arrested, despite that she did not kill or injure anyone. Moreover, a judge and jury rejected Alexander's "Stand Your Ground" defense, while Zimmerman might never see trial because of it.

Trymaine Lee

ALEC Loses Another Big Company | Trymaine Lee | Posted 05.25.2012 | Black Voices

The giant Internet retailer Thursday said it will withdraw its membership from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative ...

Do Floridians Still Support 'Stand Your Ground'?

Posted 05.27.2012 | Miami

56 percent of Floridians still support the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, according to a Quinnipiac University study. The poll quer...

The Most Outrageous Aspect of the Trayvon Martin Case

Andy Ostroy | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The simple fact remains here: that a grown man with a gun, safe in his locked car, against the implicit instruction of a 911 police operator, left that car to pursue, confront and kill a child who was holding nothing more than a bag of Skittles and an iced tea.

Fla. Woman Gets 20 Years For Firing Warning Shot

AP | MITCH STACY | Posted 07.14.2013 | Crime

TAMPA, Fla. -- Marissa Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall one day in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he...

Democrats Mount Repeal Of Michigan's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.18.2012 | Detroit

The case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen who was shot to death by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, has provoked Michigan lawmakers ...

Trayvon Martin Autopsy Results Revealed

Benjamin Hart | Posted 05.17.2012 | Black Voices

The full autopsy of Trayvon Martin, which was made available online Thursday afternoon, states that the 17-year-old was killed by a single gunshot to ...

Huge Precedents in 'Stand Your Ground?' Will Zimmerman Be Next?

Martin Luz | Posted 07.17.2012 | Crime
Martin Luz

What will be the future of Stand Your Ground laws? It looks like the courts may be working their way toward clearer guidelines for when and how it applies.

Trayvon Martin's Mother Releases A Mother's Day Video

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 05.11.2012 | Black Voices

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, released a Mother's Day video urging viewers to press lawmakers to reconsider their support for controve...

Meet The NRA's Top Lobbyists, A 4-Foot-11 Grandma

Bloomberg | Michael C. Bender | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

The woman responsible for many of the nation's most permissive gun laws is a 4-foot-11, 73-year-old grandmother who carries a Smith & Wesson .38 Speci...

Trymaine Lee

Florida Mom Facing 20 Years After Failed 'Stand Your Ground' Defense Fired Shot In Anger, Prosecutor Says | Trymaine Lee | Posted 05.10.2012 | Black Voices

Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother of three facing 20 years in prison for firing what her family said was a warning shot at her abusive husband, is...

Trymaine Lee

Fla. Mom Faces Mandatory Prison Sentence Despite 'Stand Your Ground' Defense (UPDATE) | Trymaine Lee | Posted 05.03.2012 | Black Voices

UPDATE: A judge denied Marissa Alexander a new trial Thursday morning for the 2010 shooting, The Florida-Times Union reports. EARLIER: It took near...

Why the NRA Wants the Trayvon Martin Case to Go Away

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

In a real sense, Trayvon Martin's death at the hands of George Zimmerman exposes the mythology of the NRA's core narrative about guns and self-defense.

Independent 'Stand Your Ground' Review Releases Recommendations

Posted 05.01.2012 | Miami

An independent review panel formed to examine Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' law released its recommendations Monday in a 21-page report, citing "overw...

To Stand Or Not To Stand Your Ground: Leviticus 19

Rabbi Daniel Lehmann | Posted 07.01.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann

While the right to self-defense is a principle deeply rooted in Jewish biblical and rabbinic sources, this week's Torah portion actually calls on us to think about how not to stand our ground as we respond to the needs of others.

Teen's Stab Charges Dismissed On 'Stand Your Ground'

NBCMiami | Posted 06.28.2012 | Miami

A 17-year-old skateboarder who was attacked at a Hollywood gas station and then fought back was able to get the charge against him dismissed because o...

Reviewing the Bidding About "Stand Your Ground"

Dennis Santiago | Posted 06.27.2012 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

Should the expectation of tolerance and civility between citizens become a renewed priority of American domestic policy?