JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - We're hearing calls from the local to national level for the review and even the repeal of Florida's Stand Your Ground law but our legal expert says the outrage is misplaced and is a waste of taxpayer money.
WOKV legal expert Mark Rubin says the defense didn't even use Stand Your Ground because they had a strong enough argument for self-defense.
"And as it turned out it was a great red herring for the defense to get everybody focused on Stand Your Ground when they never really intended to use it," says Rubin. "They had a much more mainstream, recognizable defense in simple self-defense."
He says to create any sort of special session to go back over this law would be a gross waste of taxpayer money.
"The stand your ground law was not misappropriated, it wasn't misued, in fact it wasn't used at all," he says. "There's really nothing at the federal level to look at...this is all puffery and chest pounding and a lot of pacification of people that are upset [about the Zimmerman verdict]."
Rubin doubts there will be anything done at the national level to review or repeal Stand Your Ground despite calls from people like Eric Holder, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Congresswoman Corrine Brown to do so.
He says he sympathizes with state attorney Angela Corey because she did her job and now her base constituency is upset with her and those who didn't like her before the Zimmerman trial now like her even less.
Rubin says a lot of people want to see civil rights charges brought against Zimmerman in federal court but that if that were to happen and Zimmerman beat those charges, which Rubin says odds are good he would, Holder would look bad for wasting government time and money.