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The Law Heard Round The World

Trayvon Martin's death raises the question, Can "Stand your ground" be defended?

Christopher Morris for TIME

Trayvon Martinĺs father Tracy Martin and mother Sybrina Fulton on March 25 in Sanford, Fla.

Correction Appended: March 30, 2012

The killing of Trayvon Martin has kindled a moral and legal debate over race as searing as any since 1955, when 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. George Zimmerman, 28, a former altar boy and wannabe cop, fired the bullet that killed Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., outside Orlando. Zimmerman has said that Martin brutally assaulted him. But even if that's true, what kind of law would excuse Zimmerman's deadly shot?

When it comes to a confrontation on a dark street, at least two...

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