The scene is set: George Zimmerman and Mark O’Mara are sitting at the defense table intently looking at lead prosecutor Angela Corey as she approaches the podium, acknowledges the court, looks at the defense table, acknowledges their presence, paces a few steps from the podium and finally turns to the jury and just before her lips part to say the first word, Mark O’Mara holds his breath. Angela Corey has two choices: she can present to the jury that Zimmerman was engaged in a wrongful act just as he encountered Trayvon Martin or she can show that George Zimmerman was the first aggressor. These two choices have different implications and although she can argue both, the evidence she will use to convey either theory to the jury would essentially be the same, rather, it will the only other side to the story. (more…)
Approximately a week ago I, the author, attended the “Under a Microscope: Stand Your Ground Gun Law” symposium, sponsored by First Choice and produced by The Orange County Bar Association Paralegal Section. The event was moderated by Paul Owens of the Orlando Sentinel and consisted of a three-person panel: Senator David Simmons Esq., one of the sponsors of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law; the Honorable Bob LeBlanc; and Zahra Umansky Esq. The event was eye-opening to say the least and the balance was tipped. In fact there was only one slide under the microscope – the slide provided by the gun lobby – and it prompted me to write this article.
APLEBLOG readers should not have been surprised by the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s S.B. 1070. For the last two years APLEBLOG has been consistent in its stance on S.B. 1070’s unconstitutionality and the grounds by which it would be struck down. In all, three of the four challenged provisions were struck down and the one remaining provision was remanded to the state with instructions. Yet this is not the end. (more…)