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BREAKING: Durbin to chair hearing on “Stand Your Ground” laws
WASHINGTON–Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will be chairing a hearing on “Stand Your Ground” laws in the wake of a jury clearing George Zimmerman of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, his office announced Friday.
Martin was killed in Florida, with a “Stand Your Ground” law–one of 30 states–and the jury verdict has sparked protests–including raising questions about “Stand Your Ground.”
Durbin chairs the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights and the panel will hold a hearing in September.
“These laws, one of which played a key role in the trial surrounding the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, give individuals the right to use lethal force to protect themselves if they feel their life is in danger, without first attempting to retreat from the situation,” Durbin’s office said in a statement.
“…September’s hearing will examine the gun lobby’s and the American Legislative Exchange Council’s influence in creating and promoting these laws; the way in which the laws have changed the legal definition of self-defense; the extent to which the laws have encouraged unnecessary shooting confrontations; and the civil rights implications when racial profiling and “stand your ground” laws mix, along with other issues.”