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Stand Your Ground


Stand Your Ground

A Community Discussion


Saturday, November 23, 2013

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Great Hall @ Armstrong Hall

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

1100 S. McAllister Ave.

Tempe, AZ 85287

Arizona lawmakers are scheduled to examine the state's Stand Your Ground law in the upcoming legislative session. The self-defense doctrine became controversial following the shooting death of a Florida teenager by a neighborhood block watch leader. This community event allows Arizonans to learn more about the law,voice their concerns, and find out what lawmakers may do about it in the 2014 legislative session.

FACT / Hour One: Legal Issues

What is the Stand Your Ground Law?
Sigmund Popko, Professor, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Professor Popko will explore the creation of the legal doctrine on which the Stand Your Ground law is based. He also examines its adoption and application in Arizona.

Is it good legal policy?
William Foreman, Criminal defense attorney
Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County Attorney
Benjamin Taylor, NAACP attorney
Moderator: Sigmund Popko
This panel of attorneys discuss the merits and use of Arizona's Stand Your Ground law from a legal perspective.

FRICTION / Hour Two: Community Issues

Mike Broomhead, Phoenix radio personality
Rev. Luther Holland, Civil rights activist
Rev. Jarett Maupin, Social activist
Moderator: Sigmund Popko

Following the Trayvon This panel explores the hot-button issue of race and the Stand Your Ground law. Can what happened in Florida in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case happen here?

FUTURE / Hour Three: Legislative Perspective

State Representative Eddie Farnsworth
State Representative John Kavanagh
State Representative Martín J. Quezada
Moderator: Sigmund Popko

Legislative leaders have said they will discuss the idea of amending Arizona's law. This discussion examines what they can do and if there is the political will to do it.


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