A running question during the long run-up to and trial of George Zimmerman was the issue of Florida’s self-defense immunity statute (often confused with, but completely separate from, the state’s Stand-Your-Ground statute). Mark O’Mara elected to not pursue this legal option either at pre-trial or the trial proper, but in fact Florida’s self-defense immunity is favorably broad, including protecting against both criminal and civil liability, and the recovery legal expenses and even lost income in the case of a successful civil defense.
I did a lengthy analysis of Florida’s self-defense immunity statute, and the evolution of how its applied proceduarlly, over at Legal Insurrection–take a look here:
–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense, #LOSD2
Andrew F. Branca is an MA lawyer and author of the seminal book “The Law of Self Defense,, 2nd Edition” now available at www.lawofselfdefense.com and also at Amazon.com as either a hardcopy or in Kindle version.