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Response to DirkGently (Reply #18)

Tue Jul 16, 2013, 07:16 PM

21. You are just wrong

SYG re-defined the entire idea of self defense in Florida.

The ACTUAL danger no longer matters. Opportunity to escape without using lethal force no longer matters.

All that matters is whether or not a person has a "reasonable belief" that his/her life is in danger. And at that point, a person has no duty to retreat and is cleared to use lethal force. That is true even if the killer provoked the altercation (which Zimmerman clearly did).

That is why the SYG law language was used in the jury instructions. That is why the jury had to consider SYG principles.

I think people are really splitting hairs and parsing to the nth degree when they say "this was not a SYG case." That might be true om a very narrow sense. But with SYG on the books, it affects all cases like this, even if the lawyers want to pretend it doesn't.

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