ALEC, Conservative Lobbyists, and the Death of Trayvor Martin

ALEC, a business-funded conservative lobbying group that is very active at the state level, has a long history of essentially writing legislation (and getting it passed) for conservative politicians, sometimes to such an extent said genius conservatives forget to remove identifying phrases from proposed legislation. ALEC has also harassed academics, and their client list is a who’s-who of greed.

So how does the senseless murder of a seventeen year-old boy, Trayvor Martin, have anything to with ALEC? Well, the defense (along with the sociopaths and recidivist segregationists rallying to the murderer’s side) is invoking a Florida law, the “Stand Your Ground” law, which provides such broad self-defense protections that Martin’s family might never receive justice (although, interestingly, one of the primary authors of that law claims otherwise, but there are unfortunately precedents that suggest otherwise).

ALEC has proposed to Republicans in multiple states that they pass a ‘Castle Doctrine Act’, which contains the following:

3. A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place [other than their dwelling, residence, or vehicle] where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another, or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

And Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Act seems kinda…similar:

(3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

I don’t know how these guys live with themselves. I suppose there are some people who will do anything for money.

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5 Responses to ALEC, Conservative Lobbyists, and the Death of Trayvor Martin

  1. george.w says:

    The law seems like a perfect fit for Trayvor. Under that law he’d have had every right to gun George Martin right down in the street. Somehow I think if he had, he’d have been arrested anyway.

  2. george.w says:

    Doh! George Zimmerman. Trayvon Martin would have had every right to gun George Zimmerman right down… #randomBrain

  3. Prof.Pedant says:

    “A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity”
    I think a lawyer could argue that George Zimmerman was stalking Trayvon Martin and initiated the conflict, which would raise serious questions about whether George Zimmerman was actually “not engaged in an unlawful activity”. He was, after all, told to not follow ‘the suspect’…..

  4. Sailor says:

    It does not sound like the NRA has done Florida any big favors:
    “The annual number of such cases has gone from 13 a year on average before 2005 to an average of 36 a year after the law took effect.”.
    “Since its enactment, it has been frequently cited in cases ranging from a 2006 incident in which a man sprayed a vehicle carrying a known gang member with 14 bullets to the 2011 case of a man who was cleared under “stand your ground” after stabbing a man in the head with an ice pick during a road rage incident, according to legal and media accounts.”

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