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. Read the rest of this entry →
The surveillance video that was recently released by the Sanford Police Department showing Zimmerman in handcuffs without visible blood on his shirt, face, nose or head has caused most objective observers of this controversy to begin to doubt Zimmerman. In fact the video reveals no visible injury to his person. Yet this is not the issue and Zimmerman, even with the release of this video, still has a strong defense. Read the rest of this entry →