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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Many are calling for a full debate on Florida's stand your ground law following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.

As Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, returns to work after doing the national talk show circuit, we asked him what he thought of protests regarding the self-defense law as it relates to the Zimmerman verdict.

"It's not a stand your ground case. It has nothing to do with a stand your ground statute.  It's a phrase that's in the jury instruction.  It wasn't focused on in the trial, it wasn't focused on in the closing argument, and it wasn't talked about by the jury, because there was no issue to talk about," he said.

Trayvon Martin's family attorney, Natalie Jackson, tweeted on Thursday that the stand your ground law was a part of this case.

"When we heard B37 speak about it on Anderson Cooper, she said that she really took that into consideration, and the jury did in their verdict. It was on the jury instructions. It was a part of this case. That's the problem in this case.  Stand your ground has been used as a default excuse for every action wrong action in this case."

O'Mara disagrees. 

"So she [Jackson] can say it's in the jury instruction as she knows.  So is excusable homicide, which has nothing to do with this case. Those jury instructions are out there, because the Supreme Court helps come up with them and use them in every case."

Jackson said the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which is run by the teen's parents, is not trying to get rid of the stand your ground law.   She said they want an amendment to the law.

"The 'initial aggressor' part is confusing to some people.  You cannot pursue and follow someone and provoke a confrontation, and then claim stand your ground."

O'Mara said it's a person's prerogative to have an opinion on the stand your ground law, but he maintains that it shouldn't be used when talking about the Zimmerman case.

"To suggest something different, or to impugn the jury instruction process, is insincere and inaccurate," he said.

Jackson added that they will continue to lobby lawmakers to get the law changed.

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