A Low Bar in the Trayvon Martin Case

The New York Times Monday, July 15, 2013


The Legacy of Trayvon Martin’s Death

“The Zimmerman acquittal should be a call to reform laws that make it easier to kill:

The jury reached its verdict after having been asked to consider Mr. Zimmerman’s actions in light of Florida’s now-notorious Stand Your Ground statute. ¬†Under that law, versions of which are on the books in two dozen states, a person may use deadly force if he or she ‘reasonably believes’ it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm–a low bar that the prosecutors in this case fought in vain to overcome.”

A low bar is a metaphor from track and field which makes it easier for the participant to win.



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