Zimmerman Case: The Five Principles of the Law of Self Defense & FL Statutes

As we enjoy today’s pause in the courtroom action of the Zimmerman trial it might be a nice time to do a quick overview of how the law of self defense will be fought over at trial.
Also in that ame post over at Legal Insurrection, I’ve put together a brief overview of the Five Principles of the Law of Self-Defense, including:

  • Innocence
  • Imminence
  • Proportionality
  • Avoidance
  • Reasonableness

To read all the details and explanation, click here:

Zimmerman Case: The Five Principles of the Law of Self Defense


I’ve also put together the relevant Florida self-defense and criminal law statutes, including:


782.02. Justifiable use of deadly force

782.04. Murder

782.07. Manslaughter

776.012 Use of force in defense of person

776.013. Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm

776.032. Immunity from criminal prosecution and civil action for justifiable use of force

776.041 Use of force by aggressor


Also, Florida jury instruction:





FLJI 7.7 Manslaughter



For those who are interested, my end-of-day video and analysis of the Day 5 of Florida v. Zimmerman has just been posted:

Zimmerman Trial Day 5 – Analysis & Video – State’s own witnesses undercut theory of guilt

To see our three “breaking news” reports, click below:

Zimmerman trial blockbuster — Eyewitness says Trayvon on top punching Mixed Martial Arts style

ZIMMERMAN TRIAL BLOCKBUSTER — TRANSCRIPT — Eyewitness Good: Black guy in black hoodie on top punching down Mixed Martial Arts style

Has State Opened Door to Defense Introducing Martin Fight Video?

Don’t forget to join us Monday at 9:00AM for our all day live coverage of Day 6 of the trial, and keep your eyes open for additional Zimmerman posts over the weekend in preparation for the coming week.

Also, don’t forget to “follow” my Twitter feed–most of my minute-by-minute observations, analysis, and just funny remarks over the course of the day are published on my Twitter feed: @LawSelfDefense (no “of” in there).

To see yesterday’s video of witness testimony and our exclusive analysis, click here: Zimmerman Trial Day 4 – End-of-Day Analysis & Video of State’s Witnesses

For all of our prior coverage on day-to-day events in court, as covered here at Legal Insurrection, click here: ARCHIVE: Zimmerman Trial LIVE coverage all day, every day

For all of our prior coverage on issues specific to the Law of Self Defense as covered at my own blog, click here: Law of Self Defense Blog: Zimmerman Trial


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