Mac rips ‘stand ground’
By GEOFF EARLE
Last Updated: 4:34 AM, July 22, 2013
WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain yesterday jumped into the Trayvon Martin controversy — blasting stand-your-ground laws like the one in his home state of Arizona.
“I am confident that the members of the Arizona legislature will [review] this very controversial legislation,” McCain (R-Ariz.) said yesterday.
The longtime Republican lawmaker praised President Obama’s remarks on the subject, adding: “Old prejudices die hard, especially in hard economic times . . . We’ve got a long way to go.”
But McCain defended the jury verdict that found George Zimmerman not guilty of Trayvon Martin’s death. The verdict set off protests across the country, including one Saturday in New York that included Beyoncé and Jay-Z, along with Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother. “No one I know of has said this case is flawed or corrupt, or that there’s anything wrong with the system of justice,” he said.
“To somehow condemn the verdict, you would have to show me where the jury was corrupted.”
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) has called for hearings on “stand your ground” legislation to begin in in September.
Attorney General Eric Holder slammed the stand-your-ground laws, saying they “undermine public safety” and may encourage violent situations to “escalate.”The laws provide protections for those who use force to defend themselves in locations outside their homes.