'Stand Your Ground' Community Forum To Be Held This Weekend

November 20, 2013

The so-called “stand your ground” law is in effect in 22 states including Arizona. According to the National Council of State Legislatures, at least nine of those states use specific language that a person may “stand his or her ground” in response to a suspected attacker.

Even with that number of states, it is safe to say most people were not familiar with the term until the case of George Zimmerman shooting and killing Trayvon Martin in Florida in February of 2012.

On Saturday afternoon at Arizona State University's O’Connor College of Law’s great hall, a stand your ground community forum will be held, including a number of guest speakers and panelists. Martin Quezada is a democratic state representative and a criminal defense attorney, and Zig Popko is the founding director of the Post-Conviction Clinic at the O’Connor College of Law where he teaches a sentencing seminar and workshop.