Latest Issue

The Final Verdict

How long before another there's another Trayvon to account for in the Sunshine state?

By Diane Roberts  

Image: Werth Media

The verdict was predictable. Under Florida law, a person doesn’t have to be threatened, in order to use deadly force, he or she just has to feel threatened.

The fear need not be rational. Indeed, someone claiming to be frightened can chase another person, shoot him in the back, and claim the protection of the state’s “Stand Your Ground” statute.

We will never know who started the fight between George Zimmerman, the cop-wannabe who took it upon himself to patrol his gated community with…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect