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Old April 12, 2012, 12:41 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by ChuckS
Lastly, one purported advantage to stand your ground is freedom from civil liability. Since Zimmerman is now charged can he be sued (civilly) and if he should be aquitted will he be once again protected? or do just having the charges brought remove all civil protection (forever)?
SYG laws provide the possibility of immunity from criminal and civil action. SYG immunity must be requested by an individual and it is granted by a court - if a judge is convinced that it is warranted after an evidentiary hearing. If a judge grants SYG immunity, any pending and future criminal and civil actions will be dismissed by the courts.
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