Posted on Jul 14, 2013

The not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case can most likely be attributed to a Florida law requiring the state to disprove beyond a reasonable doubt the defense of self-defense. It was impossible for the prosecution to do this given the absence of any eyewitnesses. A pretty good but not entirely correct analysis is by Andrew Cohen at Law and Justice and George Zimmerman.

Florida is not the only state whose law requires the state to disprove beyond a reasonable doubt the self-defense defense. Kentucky adopted a similar law in 2006.  

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