The Rainbow/Push Coalition, headed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced Friday that it was filing a lawsuit in Federal Court against the Stand Your Ground law in Georgia. The Governor and the Georgia Attorney General are named as plaintiffs. The press conference did not state that the law was unconstitutional but rather that it was unequally applied and therefore should be repealed.
Jackson's speech appeared sluggish during the press conference. Some observers expressed concern about his health. The organization’s attorney, Robert Patillo, did most of the talking during the press conference.
Patillo later debated a lawyer, John Monroe, representing the Georgia guns right organization, GeorgiaCarry on 11Alive news. Patillo reiterated his contention that the law was not applied uniformly and therefore was unjust. Monroe explained that the Stand Your Ground doctrine has been as part of Georgia law for many years and that the 2006 statutory law was merely a codification of common law that has been in place for over a century.