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Faculty, Student Panel to Discuss Stand Your Ground Laws

September 17, 2013

The Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life will sponsor a community discussion of the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin and subsequent trial of George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in Martin's murder, on September 24, from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Yamawaki Auditorium.

The event will include a panel discussion involving students as well as History professor Dennis Frey and Psychology professors Marsha Mirkin and Jesse Tauriac.

Trayvon Martin was a high school junior living with his mother in Miami Gardens, Florida when he was fatally shot in February 2012 by Zimmerman near his home in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was found innocent of Martin's murder based on Florida's Stand Your Ground laws, which allow people to defend themselves if they believe someone is trying to kill or harm them.

The event will include statements from panel participants and a question and answer session with the audience.

 

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