Florida’s much-criticized “Stand Your Ground” law left a nearly impossible hole for George Zimmerman’s prosecutors to attempt to work their way out of. Zimmerman, who admitted to shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin as he returned home from a convenience store in February of 2012, was told repeatedly by a 911 emergency worker not to approach the teen. Zimmerman, who spied Martin as a possible robbery suspect, declined to heed that advice, and the ensuing struggle eventually led to Zimmerman taking the life of the 17-year old.
Charles Barkley, mindful of the law that gave Zimmerman apparent rights to defend himself against Martin during the barely-witnessed confrontation, commented on last weekend’s verdict in a discussion with CNBC on Thursday:
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