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A New Perspective on the Trayvon Martin Case

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013

 Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Chris Boscia and SCU Professor of Law Margaret Russell offered fresh perspectives on the Trayvon Martin case and the acquittal of shooter George Zimmerman at a panel discussion yesterday, sponsored by the Ethics Center and the University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  (Listen to the podcast)

Boscia compared Florida gun laws and "stand your ground" legislation to similar California statutes, concluding that Zimmerman would likely never have been permitted to carry a concealed weapon in California, which might have averted the tragedy.  Russell compared the case to the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, another innocent young black man whose killers were acquitted.  Both speakers offered suggestions for social and legal changes that might prevent such tragedies in the future.