Am I disappointed in the verdict? Yes. Is it inconceivable based on the idiodically written stand your ground law? Alas, no. And now that Zimmerman walks free, can we talk more about repealing this horrible law? Legal justice is not moral justice. I wrote this last year:
The law is written in such a way that even if you are the aggressor, if at any moment you reasonable believe that you're in imminent danger of great bodily harm and can not get away, you can use lethal force, and it's OK.
It wasn't like they weren't warned before the law was passed. Let's set the Wayback Machine for the year 2005:
"It's a joke. Unbelievable. It's a bad joke," said Drewes of the new law. "If you shoot somebody in anger, what are you going to say? I made a mistake. I wasn't in any danger. Take me away?... They're all going to lie. They're all going to say 'I did it to protect myself. I was in fear for my life."
Gelber, a former federal prosecutor, said no one has ever been prosecuted in Florida for lawfully protecting themselves. "Do we tell those people that they're supposed to walk away or do we tell them that you're supposed to stand your ground and fight to the death?"
And here's the actual Florida statute:
(1) A person who uses force ... is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force.... The term “criminal prosecution” includes arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting the defendant.
(2) A law enforcement agency may use standard procedures for investigating the use of force as described in subsection (1), but the agency may not arrest the person for using force unless it determines that there is probable cause that the force that was used was unlawful.
(3) The court shall award reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, compensation for loss of income, and all expenses incurred by the defendant in defense of any civil action brought by a plaintiff if the court finds that the defendant is immune from prosecution as provided in subsection (1).
This law is so poorly written that it really would take such a case as messed up as this one to even think of prosecuting somebody.