The biggest challenge to bringing criminal charges against the “neighborhood watch captain” for the shooting of Trayvon Martin may be the lack of evidence disputing Zimmerman’s account of the incident. In order to file a manslaughter charge, prosecutors must believe that they have enough evidence to prove to a jury–beyond a reasonable doubt–that Zimmerman’s actions were unlawful. But even if they file the charge, they will face a significant hurdle under Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law which eliminated a citizen’s duty to retreat before using deadly force… Read the story here:

By: David Edelstein March 20, 2012.