ALEC’s Stand Your Ground and George Zimmerman declared not guilty

zimmermanAmerican Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) created the Stand Your Ground laws and tonight it appears they can celebrate a victory with declaration by a jury that George Zimmerman was not guilty when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old African American teenager armed only with a package of Skittles.

Daily Kos declared earlier tonight that perhaps Zimmerman is not guilty, but ALEC certainly is.

Earlier this week Politicusua shared:

“However, it was irrelevant because in America a young African American teen is automatically the bad guy and according to ALEC’s so-called “Castle Doctrine” any American is “justified using lethal force and has no duty to retreat if they are in a place where he or she has a right to be and think  force is necessary to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” Trayvon Martin was tried, convicted, and executed by George Zimmerman who thought Trayvon was in the “commission of a forcible felony” of walking while Black in a white neighborhood, and no reasonable human being can argue otherwise.”

Andrew Cohen of The Atlantic shared his views on what the Zimmerman verdict in Florida’s ALEC-infused justice system:

“To me, on its most basic level, the startling Zimmerman verdict — and the case and trial that preceded it — is above all a blunt reminder of the limitations of our justice system. Criminal trials are not searches for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. They never have been. Our rules of evidence and the Bill of Rights preclude it. Our trials are instead tests of only that limited evidence a judge declares fit to be shared with jurors, who in turn are then admonished daily, hourly even, not to look beyond the corners of what they’ve seen or heard in court.”

Global Grind calls for the “revoking of George Zimmerman’s right to kill” and spotlighted the role of ALEC in state capitols around the country:

“ALEC does not often make headlines, and the shadowy organization has been able to keep a low profile on the media circuit due to its powerful corporate force.  ALEC is an organization that brings politicians, corporations and their lobbyists together to help promote and advance corporate interests.  It is lobbying at its best.

“Think Global, Act Local” is not just a mantra for environmental action, it is also how ALEC pushes it’s agenda –one statehouse at a time.  First you dine them, then you wine them, and after a few cigars at some exclusive resort, you send legislators back to their Capitals or Congress and fast track as many ALEC approved bills as possible. 

Every year, ALEC pushes nearly 1,000 bills that promote the interests of their corporate funders, and of those, at least 200 become law somewhere in America.”


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