Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Trayvon Martin's Mother Tells Senate Panel 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Don't Work Trayvon Martin's Mother Tells Senate Panel 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Do...

This ad will end in seconds
 
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation
 

 

Congress

Trayvon Martin's Mother Tells Senate Panel 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Don't Work

Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, testifies during a a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.(Win McNamee/Getty Images)

photo of Elahe Izadi
October 29, 2013

Sybrina Fulton, the mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, told a Senate panel Tuesday that Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law "certainly did not work in my case."

"The person that shot and killed my son is walking the streets today," Fulton said. At one point, she choked back tears when talking about how her son was fatally shot as he walked to the store for snacks. In her prepared testimony, she asked that Stand Your Ground laws be clarified "so that they are applied logically and most importantly, consistently."

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution hearing convened by Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., had originally been slated for September but was postponed because of the proximity in time to the Navy Yard shooting.

 

Lawyers for George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, didn't cite Stand Your Ground laws in their defense, but many point to jury instructions in the case that state Zimmerman "had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force" if he believed it was needed to prevent death or "great bodily harm."

Tuesday's hearing represented a now rare moment for gun laws to come into congressional focus, even as no legislation is pending before the House or Senate. Durbin said that such laws disproportionately harm African-Americans.

But subcommittee ranking member Ted Cruz, R-Texas, bristled at that, saying black defendants commonly use Stand Your Ground laws in their defense and charged that the death of Martin was being exploited for political purposes.

Cruz told Fulton that he recognizes she is "simply mourning the loss of your son, but there are other players who are seeking to do a great deal more."

Job Board
Search Jobs
Biomedical Service Internship Position
American Society of Civil Engineers | Flint, MI
Fire Sprinkler Inspector
American Society of Civil Engineers | Charlotte, NC
Professional Development Program Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Farmington Hills, MI
Deputy Director of Transit Operations
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Jose, CA
Transportation Planner
American Society of Civil Engineers | Salinas, CA
Assistant Professor - Water Resources/Ecological Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers | Auburn, AL
Product Manager - Chemical Development and Supply - Tulsa, OK
American Society of Civil Engineers | Tulsa, OK
Commissioning Intern
American Society of Civil Engineers | Chicago, IL
Assessment and Remediation Team Lead
American Society of Civil Engineers | Regina, SK
Business Development Manager
American Society of Civil Engineers
Sr. Controls Systems Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Grand Island, NE
Senior Project Manager- Transportation
American Society of Civil Engineers | San Antonio, TX
Materials Engineer 2
American Society of Civil Engineers | IL
Land Surveyor
American Society of Civil Engineers
Quality Engineer
American Society of Civil Engineers | Attica, IN
 
Comments
comments powered by Disqus