Yesterday, the State of Florida took the first step to achieving justice for Trayvon Martin and his family by filing criminal charges against George Zimmerman. The Martin family’s fight for basic access to justice has been delayed and jeopardized by Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” immunity law that grants complete criminal and civil immunity, regardless of the facts, when individuals take the law into their own hands.
The law was adopted and promoted in state legislatures across the country by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
AAJ was one of the first organizations to shine a spotlight on ALEC with a report, “ALEC: Ghostwriting the Law for Corporate America,” exposing it as the ultimate smoke-filled backroom for introducing laws that protect corporate interests at the expense of consumers’ rights.
Read AAJ’s full release on why ALEC legislation jeopardizes consumer products' safety and civil rights here.