Professor Megale writes this Article as a follow-up to her 2010 article discussing Florida's Stand Your Ground laws, where she predicted incidents much like the death of Trayvon Martin. This Article takes her predictions a step further and discusses the changes in self-defense norms in the United States. The Article uses the Zimmerman case as a vehicle to discuss the culture-law-culture cycles that gave rise to changes in the law and essentially set the stage for homicides like Trayvon Martin. The Article also calls for legislative change and a return to the legal structure of affirmative defense.
Disaster Unaverted: Reconciling the Desire for a Safe and Secure State with the Grim Realities of Stand Your GroundAmerican Journal of Trial Advocacy
Citation InformationElizabeth B. Megale, Disaster Unaverted: Reconciling the Desire for a Safe and Secure State with the Grim Realities of Stand Your Ground, 37 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 255 (2013).