Harris County jury “Stand your Ground” simulation

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When it comes to the George Zimmerman case, the phrase “the jury has spoken” doesn’t exactly apply.

Not only are they still speaking, what juror has to say doesn’t mirror the verdict.

Juror B29 admits she wanted to convict Zimmerman of second degree murder, but Florida prevented that from happening.

“He’s guilty. But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty,” she said on Nightline.

That’s the same thing Trayvon Martin’s parents have been saying since the verdict was read.

“Wrap your mind around no prom for Trayvon. No high school graduation for Trayvon. No college for Trayvon. No grandkids coming from Trayvon. All because of a law,” said Trayvon’s mom, Sybrine Fulton.

That “Stand your Ground” law is similar to the self-defense law we have in Texas.

Here in Harris County, we have a fancy Firearms Training Simulator. When grand juries are put together every three months, jurors have the option of going through that training.

“It gives the grand juries we think an insight into some of the split second decisions that police officers are sometimes called upon to make. Whether or not to shoot or not shoot in a given situation,” said Harris County Prosecutor Julian Ramirez.

Under our so-called “castle laws” if someone feels their life is being threatened they don’t have the duty to retreat.

Of course, every case is different. In a perfect world, people would fulfill their duty to do the right thing.

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