Global Courts and the Trayvon Martin Case

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Canada: Retreat Required

In Canada, a self-defense argument requires a showing that the accused person attempted to retreat from the conflict before it became necessary to use deadly force.  

“If [the shooter’s] defense is accepted, he would be acquitted. If it were rejected, he would be sentenced … to life imprisonment, with no eligibility for parole for 10 years.” Andrew Botterell, the associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence and an assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario, told NBC News. 

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