Trayvon Martin: The Latest, Week 27

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Friday, Sept. 7, 10:40 a.m. EDT: Zimmerman defense wants Trayvon's school and disciplinary records: George Zimmerman's defense team wants access to Trayvon Martin's educational and disciplinary records, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  The team announced in a new post on its blog that it has begun its discovery process and issued subpoenas aimed at gathering the records.

Thursday, Sept. 6, 10:29 a.m. EDT: Zimmerman judge rejected "Stand your ground" in previous murder case: The Orlando Sentinel reports that Circuit Judge Debra Nelson, who has taken over the George Zimmerman murder case, rejected the "Stand your ground" claim of a 21-year-old Sanford, Fla., man who was charged with murder. It's a significant piece of background for Zimmerman's attorneys, who are expected to use Florida's "stand your ground" law in his defense.


Wednesday, Sept. 5, 12:19 p.m. EDT: National GOP platform includes "Stand your ground": Marion Hammer, executive director of United Sportsmen of Florida and past president of the National Rifle Association, told the Sunshine State News that the language including "We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be … " articulates the party's long-standing support of gun owners' right to protect themselves without fear that their self-defensive actions would come back to haunt them. "Stand your ground" and similar laws were widely scrutinized when George Zimmerman's lawyers said they would be used in his defense in the second-degree-murder case surrounding the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Read last week's updates on the Trayvon Martin case here.

Read all of The Root's news and commentary about the Trayvon Martin case here.

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