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July 19, 2013
Letter writer Ron Wirsing is quite correct when he says that "stand your ground self-defense laws are working" ("Zimmerman trial had nothing to do with race," July 17). What he doesn't mention however, is that this particularly inane Florida law and others like it are designed to make it easy to kill someone and get away with it. Usually there are only two witnesses, and one of them is dead. George Zimmerman shot a kid walking on a public street in a gated community to which he had been invited.
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By David Horsey | July 23, 2013
A string of misperceptions have driven the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman tragedy from the very beginning, including the public misperception that perfect justice can be found in a court of law. The misperception that propelled events from the very start was Mr. Zimmerman's assumption that a black kid in a hoodie did not belong in his neighborhood. If he had known Mr. Martin was the son of a local resident with no other mission than to reach home with the package of Skittles he had just purchased, Mr. Zimmerman would not have followed the young man. In fact, if he had simply not held a stereotype in his head that a young African American in a hoodie is very likely a criminal, Mr. Martin would be alive today and Mr. Zimmerman would not have his own life turned upside down.
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SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 18, 1997
The state's steeplechase racing heavyweights emerge tomorrow for the 95th annual Grand National at Butler, the final tuneup for next week's Maryland Hunt Cup.Among the contenders in the $25,000 race over timber fences are defending Hunt Cup champion Hello Hal, runner-up Florida Law and perennial contenders Welter Weight and Buck Jakes.The most intriguing of the group is the 11-year-old gelding Florida Law, part of a Tom Voss-trained entry (with 1996 Grand National winner Welter Weight) that will be extremely tough.
NEWS
July 19, 2013
Letter writer Ron Wirsing is quite correct when he says that "stand your ground self-defense laws are working" ("Zimmerman trial had nothing to do with race," July 17). What he doesn't mention however, is that this particularly inane Florida law and others like it are designed to make it easy to kill someone and get away with it. Usually there are only two witnesses, and one of them is dead. George Zimmerman shot a kid walking on a public street in a gated community to which he had been invited.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1996
Call it horrible racing luck, being snake-bitten or the vagaries of the sport.By whatever description, Florida Law and trainer Tom Voss cannot break their Maryland Hunt Cup curse.A worse-case scenario than yesterday would be hard to find.After dominating the grueling four-mile race over 22 timber fences, the roan gelding spilled rider John Bosley after the final jump, allowing Hello Hal and Billy Meister to win the 100th running of the steeplechase classic at Worthington Farms.Officially, Hello Hal and Florida Law were the only finishers in the five-horse field after an outrider chased down the runner-up and returned him to an angry Bosley, who re-mounted the horse and cajoled him across the wire.
NEWS
By David G. Savage and David G. Savage,LOS ANGELES TIMES | January 11, 2005
WASHINGTON - In a setback for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court refused yesterday to hear a challenge to a unique Florida law that bars gays and lesbians from adopting children. Lawyers said it is the only state law that flatly prohibits gays and lesbians from adopting children, although Mississippi bans adoptions by same-sex couples. It was enacted in 1977 when singer Anita Bryant led a statewide campaign against homosexuals. Florida does not prohibit gays and lesbians from caring for foster children, and its ban on formal adoptions was challenged as irrational and unconstitutional by several gay men who cared for foster children.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 24, 1999
They had cleared the final fence and Welter Weight and Florida Law, both trained by Tom Voss, were driving neck and neck toward the finish line in last year's Maryland Hunt Cup.Voss was assured of a victory either way, but he couldn't help rooting for Florida Law, the ornery old jumper who had squandered so many chances to win the state's most prestigious and lucrative steeplechase.The most notable opportunity had come in 1996 when -- leading by a seemingly unbeatable margin -- Florida Law balked after clearing the last jump and Hello Hal trotted by to victory.
SPORTS
By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 20, 1997
A home-course advantage, a confident ride and some bad racing luck contributed to two victories at Butler yesterday that provide a welcome harbinger for this week's Maryland Hunt Cup.Buck Jakes profited from the first two elements and scored by a neck over defending champion Welter Weight in the 95th annual Grand National Steeplechase.And Florida Law, scratched from the Grand National, benefited immensely when Pargale fell at the next-to-last fence and took the 32nd running of the Benjamin H. Murray Memorial.
NEWS
March 28, 2012
I had to read Bill Krehbrink's letter twice to figure out that he was in favor of George Zimmerman's actions in Florida ("'Stand your ground' makes Florida residents safer," March 26). He seems very concerned that Mr. Zimmerman not even be tried because he is "innocent until proven guilty. " Does he not understand that Trayvon Martin was considered "guilty until proven innocent"? Florida's laws certainly don't make it safer for young blacks wearing hoodies and carrying Skittles.
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By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 18, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Handing the tobacco industry a second defeat within a week in court, the Supreme Court turned aside yesterday a constitutional challenge to a Florida law making it harder for cigarette makers to defend themselves against a still-rising flood of state governments' lawsuits.Nearly two dozen states have sued the industry to recoup billions of dollars paid in medical benefit payments to individuals allegedly harmed by smoking. Maryland is one of the states suing.The Supreme Court's action clears the way for trial in August of .....
NEWS
July 16, 2013
Am I to believe that the jury and the judicial system themselves are now under indictment following the verdict in the George Zimmerman case ("Martin verdict fires debate," July 15)? A jury has to navigate the difficult waters between what the law and the evidence require for conviction. It would seem logical that the initial perpetrator in this case is obvious. Anyone would be concerned if someone began following them for no justifiable reason. So who was threatening whom?
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Dan Rodricks | July 15, 2013
It's a troubling and scary thing to consider, but my take-away from the trial of George Zimmerman is a very clear message that you can take up arms to protect yourself and use deadly force with the thinnest claims of self-defense and the fullest confidence that little, if anything, will happen to you. This will undoubtedly be true in about half of the country - in states that have enacted stand-your-ground laws in recent years. (Maryland is not one of them, yet.) Self-defense is a powerful defense, but in Florida and nearly two dozen other states.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2012
As the Navy football team returned to the practice field Monday in preparation for its Dec. 8 game against rival Army, Coach Ken Niumatalolo and his players were thinking about one of their own fighting for his life in a Miami hospital after being seriously injured in a Thanksgiving night car accident. Ralph Montalvo, a freshman who recently had made it from the scout team to the travel roster as the third-string quarterback, is listed in critical condition after being placed in a medically-induced coma at the Kendall Regional Medical Center, according to a spokesman for the hospital.
NEWS
April 16, 2012
For those who missed it, the National Rifle Association's top executive got worked up into a full lather at the group's annual conference this weekend in St. Louis. Wayne LaPierre's ire was aimed at the "sensational" coverage of the Trayvon Martin killing - although he didn't mention either the victim or the shooter by name. The NRA's beef is essentially this: Lots of people are getting killed every day without nearly so much mainstream media coverage. Why so much attention to this particular case?
NEWS
March 29, 2012
Shame on The Sun throwing away its credibility on editorials such as "License to kill" (March 23). The Sun seems to have jumped on the bandwagon of emotion and hype regarding Florida's gun laws. Like most anti-gun media, you use certain phrases and words to generate emotional responses while ignoring the facts because the facts refute your views. Unfortunately, most liberal anti-gun advocates refuse to use hard facts and data and will revert to the most emotional issues every time.
NEWS
March 28, 2012
I had to read Bill Krehbrink's letter twice to figure out that he was in favor of George Zimmerman's actions in Florida ("'Stand your ground' makes Florida residents safer," March 26). He seems very concerned that Mr. Zimmerman not even be tried because he is "innocent until proven guilty. " Does he not understand that Trayvon Martin was considered "guilty until proven innocent"? Florida's laws certainly don't make it safer for young blacks wearing hoodies and carrying Skittles.
NEWS
By Lyle Denniston and Lyle Denniston,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 18, 2000
WASHINGTON - The Gore campaign is well into planning a challenge to the outcome of the Florida presidential tally, even though all votes have not been counted and the courts have not issued final rulings on cases that will influence the outcome. Of course, there will be no challenge by Vice President Al Gore if he is declared the winner in Florida. So far, there has been no sign that George W. Bush is preparing for a challenge if Gore prevails. No challenge will be made until next week, at the earliest, because the Florida Supreme Court delayed everything yesterday by forbidding state election officials to announce a Florida winner for now. Under Florida law, a challenge can not be made until a winner has been declared.
NEWS
July 16, 2013
Am I to believe that the jury and the judicial system themselves are now under indictment following the verdict in the George Zimmerman case ("Martin verdict fires debate," July 15)? A jury has to navigate the difficult waters between what the law and the evidence require for conviction. It would seem logical that the initial perpetrator in this case is obvious. Anyone would be concerned if someone began following them for no justifiable reason. So who was threatening whom?
NEWS
by Annie Linskey | March 26, 2012
Wearing hoodies, members of Maryland Legislative Black Caucus this afternoon called upon the U.S. Department of Justice to examine a Florida law that has become controversial in the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin. "We believe justice has not been served," said Sen. Catherine Pugh, a Baltimore Democrat who leads the Black Caucus. "We want people in the city, state and country to realize we have to be more culturally sensitive. " "You should not make assumptions because of what someone is wearing ... or the color of their skin," Pugh said.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 7, 2006
In the past year, 15 states have enacted laws that expand the right of self-defense, allowing crime victims to use deadly force in situations that might formerly have subjected them to prosecution for murder. Supporters call them "stand your ground" laws. Opponents call them "shoot first" laws. Thanks to this sort of law, a prostitute in Port Richey, Fla., who killed her 72-year-old client with his own gun rather than flee, was not charged last month. Similarly, the police in Clearwater, Fla., did not arrest a man who shot a neighbor in early June after a shouting match over putting out garbage, though the authorities say they are still reviewing the evidence.
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