Jeff Ashton, who famously prosecuted the Casey Anthony case, feels it may be time to revisit the state’s “stand your ground” law in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial.
Ashton, the state attorney in Orange and Osceola counties, would not comment on the abilities of the Zimmerman prosecution team or their decision to charge him with second degree murder, but he did comment on the verdict.
“We may not all agree with the ultimate result, but sort of like what I said in the Anthony case, you know, this is the system and this is the way it works,” he said.
Ashton, who failed to get a conviction in Florida’s most famous case before Zimmerman, feels that the system worked the way it was meant to work.
“I think both sides presented good cases, presented passionate arguments,” he said. “I think the jury heard everything that they should have heard about the case, and the system worked.”
Asthon also does not believe the Trayvon Martin killing was a classic case for Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law because Zimmerman was in a physical fight with Martin when the trigger was pulled.He does think the law should be revisited, particularly to restore the provision that a person has an obligation to retreat before using deadly force.