Stand Your Ground Law

Zimmerman back behind bars awaiting new bond hearing

Jun 4, 2012

George Zimmerman's attorney says his client was confused and fearful when he allowed his wife to mislead court officials about the couple's finances.

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O' Mara, made the statements on a website run by Zimmerman's legal team.

Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester ordered Zimmerman to turn himself in after learning the defendant had told the court he had no money when, in fact, his website had taken in more than $135,000 thousand dollars.

The legal defense team for George Zimmerman, the man accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, has created a website, Facebook page and Twitter account to protest his interests.

WASHINGTON- Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law is under intense scrutiny after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. Calls to repeal the law have intensified but the controversy neatly fits into the legal community’s natural divide. Trimmel Gomes examines why prosecutors decry the law, while defense attorneys are willingly embracing it.

The shooting death of a 17-year old teen has drawn national attention to the central Florida community of Sanford. Lynn Hatter reports Trayvon Martin was killed in February by a self-appointed neighborhood watchman while walking in the neighborhood where his father's girlfriend lives. Now state and federal officials are looking for answers, and the nation is having a conversation about race, profiling, and a Florida law that critics say is at the center of the case.

It starts with a phone call:

The shooting death of an unarmed black teen in Orlando has sparked national outrage and stirred racial tensions. It’s also brought attention to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Lynn Hatter reports even Governor Rick Scott is weighing in.

The shooting death of an unarmed black teen last month in Orlando is drawing protests and calls for action. Lynn Hatter reports the shooter, a 28-year old white neighborhood watch volunteer, is the target of a state attorney investigation. The shooter claims self-defense. The case has sparked a national outcry and stirred racial tensions.