Originally Posted by clee1982
I thought it was trying to be balanced, and I think it did.
It definitely did spark a heated nation wide discussion on race regardless whether Zimmerman was a racist. I don't think he was a racist.
Agree with you, but there was definitely a debate, I don't think this debate is applicable to this case, but it did start a debate
Also per CNN
"Zimmerman's defense never cited "stand your ground" laws in its case, but jurors were instructed to consider them during deliberations in the high-profile trial."
The phrase "stand his ground" did appear in the jury instructions. This phrase did not in any way invoke the Stand Your Ground Law at 776.013 of the Florida Statutes. The phrase appeared in one of 8 paragraphs related to the standard jury instruction of justifiable use of deadly force.
"If George Zimmerman was not engaged in an unlawful activity and was attacked in any
place where he had a right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his
ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he reasonably believed that it was
necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another or to prevent
the commission of a forcible felony"
Please tell me in what way this paragraph related to a theory of the crime advanced by the prosecution or a theory of defense as advanced by Zimmerman's counsel.