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Houston Matters for Friday, July 19, 2013

More demonstrations are planned here in Houston this weekend, in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The shooting and the ensuing criminal trial certainly captured Americans’ attention. There have been demonstrations nationwide similar to the ones that have taken place this week here in Houston. Now […]

More demonstrations are planned here in Houston this weekend, in the aftermath of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. The shooting and the ensuing criminal trial certainly captured Americans’ attention. There have been demonstrations nationwide similar to the ones that have taken place this week here in Houston.

Now that several days have passed, and most of us have had the chance to share what we found just or unjust about the verdict, some have turned their attention to self-defense laws – not just in Florida, but all over the nation, including here in Texas. We are one of a number of states that employ what’s commonly characterized as a “stand your ground” law. Ours is known as the Texas Castle Doctrine, and it was passed back in 2007, with the intent to address self-defense scenarios in which a homeowner, for example, shoots an intruder. A pair of high profile cases have tested whether the “castle” in this case extends beyond the confines of one’s home, car, or workplace.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll discuss the particulars of what the Texas Castle Doctrine says, how it’s interpreted, how it differs from Florida’s law, and whether the Trayvon Martin shooting and now acquittal of George Zimmerman might have any impact on how the Lone Star state’s law may apply to future criminal cases.

We’ll also explore popular misconceptions about Houston and Texas, and what, if anything, can be done to offset them. We’ll welcome your examples of Houston and Texas stereotypes you’ve heard from people who don’t live here. (We’ll start that conversation just as soon as we hop off of our horses and stow our cowboy boots and ten gallon hats).

Plus, we go behind-the-scenes with the stars of “Wicked” at the Hobby Center, we find out why two men would commit to eight hours straight of stand-up comedy, and Houston Matters goes to the dogs…well, the dog show at Reliant Park, anyway.

Join the conversation today at noon on KUHF 88.7 FM. To join us on air, call 713-440-8870 or e-mail talk@houstonmatters.org.

 

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