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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – On Feb. 26, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American youth, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old White-Hispanic man, while Martin was walking in Zimmerman’s neighborhood. Almost a month after the killing, Zimmerman has not been arrested, with Sanford, Fla. police citing Florida’s 2005 “Stand Your Ground” law as the reason, which allows a person who feels threatened in a public space to use deadly force. As the case gains national attention, with over 500,000 signatures on a Change.org petition calling for the arrest of Zimmerman, it has today gone to a grand jury, and the Justice Department and FBI have opened an investigation on the case.
University of Florida Levin College of Law experts available
Bob Dekle, Legal Skills Professor
Areas of expertise include issues related to criminal law, self-defense, evidence, police tactics and interrogation.
Michelle Jacobs, Professor of Law
Areas of expertise include issues related to critical race theory and criminal law.
Katheryn Russell-Brown, Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law; Director, UF Levin Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations
Areas of expertise include issues related to race and crime, criminal law.
Michael Seigel, UF Research Foundation Professor of Law; Director, Criminal Justice Center and Clinics
Areas of expertise include issues related to criminal law, self-defense, and Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law.
Jennifer Zedalis, Legal Skills Professor; Director Trial Practice Team
Areas of expertise include issues related to criminal law and trial practice.
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