Stand Your Ground Law Examined

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL -- April 12, 2012 --

The arrest of George Zimmerman clears the way for a task force created by Governor Rick Scott to begin examining how the 2005 "Stand Your Ground" law has been working in Florida. The Governor believes more than the Zimmerman case must be examined.

Since the release of George Zimmerman's 9-1-1 call to police, Stand your ground legislative sponsors have been saying the law doesn't apply because Zimmerman appeared to be pursing Trayvon Martin.

But a reading of Florida law says even an aggressor has the right to use deadly force if they have exhausted every reasonable means to escape danger.

With George Zimmerman now facing charges, Governor Rick Scott says it is now time to start examining Stand Your Ground.

The National Rifle Association is refusing comment, saying it want's to hear what evidence is presented to a jury.
Rick Scott says looking at cases other than Zimmerman's may be more useful.

A meeting of prosecutors and others last week saw evidence that justifiable homicide cases have nearly tripled since Stand your ground became the law in 2005.

The Governor has named Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll to head the Stand Your Ground Law Task Force. She was a member of the legislature when the measure was approved.


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