February 25th, 2013
04:39 PM ET

'Stand Your Ground' one year later

By Edgar Treiguts, CNN

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(CNN) - Tuesday marks one year since Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. Martin is the Florida teenager who had a fatal confrontation with neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, in Sanford, Florida.

The incident sparked protests across the nation over the issue of race relations.

But it also prompted Florida, and other states, to take another look at the law pivotal to this case, the so-called "stand your ground" law.

It's a defense that Zimmerman expects to use when he goes to trial in June on second-degree murder charges. Language in Florida's "stand your ground" law makes it easier to prove self-defense, and is a law that prosecutors like Scott Burns aren't fans of. Burns is executive director of the National District Attorney's Association:

[2:43] "If somebody breaks into your house and you shoot them, that's easier for prosecutors to deal with. If there's an argument in a parking lot and someone shoots someone in the head, that's a little more difficult. Especially if you have a 'stand your ground' law that says you didn't have to retreat."

Burns says in the year since the Martin shooting, a vast majority of states have revisited their self-defense or "stand your ground" laws, with some making changes.

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  1. Drew

    Please lets fire the idiots who support the actions of this government. Hey, it's in our rights.

    March 7, 2013 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Reality

    Why black kid defending himself from a gun toting white is not called self defense ? This shows the racist nature of American society.

    February 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Turbx

      Which killing are you refering to? Trevon Martin was black, but shot by a hispanic. So you cant be refering to this case. If you were, maybee read up on it some before comenting.

      March 7, 2013 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dorris

    The Government thinks your life is only defended if your hiding in your bedroom.

    Your life is just as valuable at the gas station or a restaurant on a bike path or stuck in traffic.
    Self Defense is Not murder.

    February 25, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |