Prof. Nockleby discussed repercussions of Zimmerman verdict

Professor John Nockleby was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily News story about reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict. Excerpt:

John Nockleby, a Loyola Law School professor, said he is troubled that the conflict between Zimmerman and Martin appears to have been precipitated by Zimmerman.

"If George Zimmerman hadn't gone looking for trouble, Trayvon Martin would still be alive," he said. "I think that's what is upsetting a lot of people in the country now."

But whether Zimmerman precipitated or created the conflict doesn't matter under Florida law since it does not require someone to step back from a confrontation.

"Florida law is terrible on this issue; it's one thing to say it's an unjust outcome, that something wrong happened here. It's another thing to say that under the law, he is guilty," Nockleby said. "Those are two very different propositions because Florida law allowed George Zimmerman to stand there instead of backing off, and that resulted in the death of this teenager."

The Florida Legislature, he added, should revisit the law.