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Reactions to Trayvon Martin verdict

A jury acquitted George Zimmerman of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin on Saturday. The following day, groups across the country protested the verdict, including here in Richmond. Here’s a rundown of local and national reactions.

Mayor Bloomberg launches campaign to end “Stand Your Ground” laws

The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has launched a national campaign to repeal “Stand Your Ground” laws throughout the country. It comes from the legal and political fallout stemming from the shooting death of Trayvon Martin: “The NRA’s ‘shoot first’ laws that have passed in 25 states have undermined the integrity of the justice […]

Florida vs. Virginia: comparing self-defense laws

The death of Trayvon Martin sparked controversy and discussion about Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” self-defense rule. We spoke with two local criminal defense attorneys to talk about the differences (and similarities) between the self-defense provisions afforded by both Florida and Virginia law.

Local reactions to the killing of Trayvon Martin

The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has inspired both sympathy for his family and ignited outrage against what many people see as a failure of justice. Richmonders–from a local pastor, VCU student, and the mayor–weigh-in on this national issue.

PHOTOS: VCU rally for Trayvon Martin

On Monday night, hundreds of VCU students assembled at the Monroe Park campus to demonstrate their sympathy for Trayvon Martin’s family and outrage against what many consider to be a failure of the justice system.