Is Stand Your Ground Law a Great Idea Today?

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Is Stand Your Ground Law a Great Idea Today?

 The July 13, 2013 jury acquittal of George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin renewed a national debate.
In his 2013 Urban Institute paper titled “Race, Justifiable Homicide and Stand Your Ground Law:  Analysis of FBI Supplementary Homicide Report,” Dr. John Roman found that white-on-black homicides were most likely to be found justifiable in 11.4 percent of the cases as compared to black-on-white killings at 1.2 percent. Is Stand Your Ground Law -- the doctrine that a person may use force in self-defense without an obligation to retreat first--a great idea in many states today?

In celebration of 2015 African American History Month, renowned trial lawyer William R. “Billy” Martin will discuss the topic.

Mr. Martin, a guest commentator for MSNBC’s PoliticsNation during the one-month trial, focuses on complex civil and white collar litigation before state and federal courts. He has tried over 170 cases that have involved large corporations and high profile figures. 

His past clients have included Monica Lewinsky’s mother, Chandra Levy’s parents, former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, former NBA players Allen Iverson and Jayson Williams, NFL quarterback Michael Vick, former United States Senator Larry Craig and former Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson. 

Join us in the Black Studies Center, Room 316 on Tuesday, Feb. 24 (6:30 p.m.) to hear an enlightening presentation by one of the nation’s top trial attorneys on a topic that continues to grip the American conscience.
    William R. Martin