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7/17/2013 12:35:00 PM
Zimmerman verdict doesn't change governor's position on Arizona's 'stand your ground' law
Gov. Brewer:
Gov. Brewer: "I support 'stand your own ground. I think it's important. I think it's a constitutional right.'

Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday that nothing in the death of Trayvon Martin or the acquittal of George Zimmerman of murder charges gives her second thoughts about signing Arizona's own "stand your ground' law.

"The Zimmerman trial was heart-wrenching because it was a terrible tragedy that should never have happened,' Brewer said in her first public comments since the acquittal this past weekend.

"It did happen,' she continued. "And justice took its place.'

But the governor said the incident does not taint the whole concept behind the statute.

"I support 'stand your own ground,' ' she said.

"I think it's important,' Brewer continued. "I think it's a constitutional right.'

The essence of Zimmerman's defense was that he felt in danger. That was coupled with Florida law which says those who feel threatened with great bodily harm have no duty to retreat.

More to the point, they are entitled to "meet force with force, including deadly force,' if the person reasonably believes that is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to self or other, or prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

Arizona's version is somewhat more restrictive than the Florida statute.

It says there is no duty to retreat before threatening or using deadly physical force "if the person is in a place where the person may legally be and is not engaged in an unlawful act.'

But the language is paired with other laws which say that right to remain and fight is linked to someone elseís use or threatened use of deadly physical force. Bodily harm or preventing a felony are not justification.

Brewer said she does not see law allowing people to stand their ground as promoting situations where individuals purposely follow someone, leading to the incident, as testimony showed Zimmerman had done.

"I think anybody that, I mean, anybody that has a gun and has a right to carry it, that they would be very judicious in their actions and careful,' she said. And Brewer said it's wrong to blame what happened in Florida on the statute.

"Those kinds of things could happen even if you didn't have those laws,' the governor said.

The Arizona law was not introduced as separate legislation but tacked on to another unrelated measure dealing with guns near the end of the 2010 session.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee approved it after a 20-second promotion from a gun-rights lobbyist. And not a single legislator spoke out against it at any point.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: Always Profile

For the one who answered So I would love

It is very easy to see you have led a sheltered life. You without a doubt have that VT mentality that would just wait to get shot rather then have the courage to take action. Zimmerman got rid of a thug that is a very good thing

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Bassett

I have read, many times, the question: What if Trayvon Martin was white....? Well here's a twist. What if it was Trayvonna Martin? A girl who may be athletic? Maybe even trained in self defense? A teenage girl walking alone on a rainy night being stalked by an unknown 'creepy' guy?
Which one could rightly claim self defense?

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: So What if

stand your ground if used or not. Fact is TM was pounding Zimmermans head on the concrete. Zimmerman used his gun in self defense. The result Zimmerman got to go home and the world has one less Thug. In my book that is a good thing

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: So, I would love

How many people did you kill after profiling them in your 'tough' neighborhood?

Yours is a ridiculous, irrelevant statement.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: John A. Bond

Slater, Slater

You racism is duly noted and rejected as pernicious evil. So is your misrepresentation of the case.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

It's not against the law anywhere to follow anyone.If your a security person that's your job,no matter what police tell you.
What was the person planning to do in the 4 minutes he retreated?what would you think when he came back and confronted you. Then
calls you a Dumb Cracker and punches you in the face,knocks you down,beats your head on concrete.Sounds pretty racist to me.
If he was white and got shot it never would have gone to trial.
Then burn and destroy neighborhoods cause
the Law wasn't to your likeing.Change the Law
DUH.Thats what intelligent and law abiding
folks do.He's not guilty own it.The Reveran Al
isn't the almighty somefolks think.
TheTawana Brawley case in NY will open your eyes.It's Politics Stupid.

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Article comment by: While you are contemplating the Verdict...

Imagine what would have happened if Martin had been white, and Zimmerman a Black man. Think the verdict would have been the same?

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: GoAhead MakeMyDay

Danny, Danny, Danny, do your homework:
"Even after a juror in George Zimmerman's trial for killing Trayvon Martin said that Florida's Stand Your Ground self-defense law influenced the outcome of the case, Fox News hosts and contributors continue to claim otherwise as a means to attack Attorney General Eric Holder for opposing such laws." [link]

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: Brian Carlson

Why are people trying so hard to make this a race issue? Why is the life of a black teen killed by a non-black so much more important than blacks killed by blacks? Self Defense was the issue, not race. There was no evidence during the Zimmerman triall to prove racism by Zimmerman. There were racial slurs made by the prosecution's star witness. The news media wanted to make this a racial incident. NBC edited the Zimmerman 911 call just to attempt to make race an issue. Unless you were there, you really have no authority to override the jury. Maybe Zimmerman was overzealous, but not a racist or a murder.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: John A. Bond

Danny Smith:

Oh, yes, indeed, the poor put upon WHITE MALE.

The horrible, overt discrimination that the white male must endure day after day in America.

How do we endure it? Why do we continue to tolerate such overt racism towards us?

Can we not have some affirmative action taken on our own behalf to protect us from all of the racism and discrimination we suffer 24/7, 365 days a year.

How do YOU cope, Danny. It must drive you absolutely crazy. I hope you find some peaceful way to vent your justifiable anger at such overt discrimination.

BTW, why don't you list all of the ways you, as a white male, are discriminated against in America and how it negatively impacts on your life, too.

Go get em Dano!

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: Aunty Bea S.

Danny Smith is correct. Zimmerman claimed self defense, not justification to stand his ground.

The story is being changed to fit the agenda. Anyone who followed this story knows 'The Misadventures of Simmerman' is not analogous.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: I would love

A question for you
to see you walk some of the neighborhoods I use to play in. Anyone who has spent time in tough areas knows beyond a doubt that many many times a failure to profile many time is the first step in becoming a victim

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: @ Danny

So, Danny, then you admit that a pursued Trayvon did have the right to self defense when confronted by a pursuing stranger and could have justifiably killed Zimmerman?

I love the way you right-to-lifers are willing to allow the killing of anyone but an unborn.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: How about a did not listen to dispatch or use common sense law?

Should have been over the minute Mr. Z decided to go against the advice of the dispatch.

Had he remained in the vehicle it would be a null point... he did not.

Rage on against the dying of the light of common sense... rage on.

Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Article comment by: Danny Smith

The stand your ground law had nothing to do with the Zimmerman case. It was used by neither the prosecution nor the defense. Zimmerman pled common self defense. The stand your ground law is being brought up because of typical liberal BS. Self defense is a right of every individual. The left believes you should just lay down and take a beating because it is surely your fault that someone wants to harm you, specially if you are a white male.

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