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Disaster Unaverted: Reconciling the Desire for a Safe and Secure State with the Grim Realities of Stand Your Ground
American Journal of Trial Advocacy
  • Elizabeth B. Megale, Campbell University School of Law
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
2013
Disciplines
Abstract

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.

Citation Information
Elizabeth 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).