Stand Your Ground Panel

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A state lawmaker says he can't wait for Gov. Rick Scott so he's appointing his own task force on the Florida statute commonly called the "stand your ground" law.
The Republican governor has announced plans for a task force. But Scott wants to wait until after an investigation into the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is concluded.
Sen. Chris Smith, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, said Tuesday that his panel will include prosecutors, public defenders and legal scholars.
It will meet Thursday in Fort Lauderdale. Smith said it will hear comments from judges and a tourism official who says the law is scaring away visitors.
Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman says he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense. No charges have been filed, and a special prosecutor is investigating.


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  • by kafantaris Location: Ohio on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:12 PM
    To get a feel of what went on the night Trayvon Martin was killed, you need to listen to that 911 call made by a neighbor. The fatal shot is heard in the background. Just listen to it. You don't need any experts. You don't need to know anything about the case. You don't even need an open mind. But you do need to listen to that heart-wrenching call. Then draw your own conclusions. Be sure your heart is not made of stone.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 at 05:29 PM
    Can I start a panel too?
  • by Gman on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:55 PM
    It is the usual "double standard". Allow time for the justice system to do it's job! And then accept their decision!!! Abide by the law!!!
  • by Keeping it real on Apr 4, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    Who appoint this guy into office, cannot wait of justice or the result of the case rushing to appoint his on panel. What a joke, i guess he and his panel will change the law. I will like to see how many of the non supporter of this law actually voted in favor of the law when it passed. Stop rushing to judgement and let the courts decide if it is valid or not.
  • by Lee Location: Out of my mind on Apr 4, 2012 at 04:39 AM
    I seems like a double standard when about two years ago there was a "controversial" ruling on the Stand Your Ground Law defense on an African American who shot another in THE BACK, killing him after a robbery. The defense was that the defendant "feared for his life" should the alleged perpetrator return to do him bodily harm. Additionally, the shooting took place from the defendant's vehicle which added a whole new aspect of the law. The judge's ruling was that the defendant was 'lawfully in his vehicle and had every right to stand and defend his life and property." It is tragic that Trayvon Martin has lost his life, but trying and convicted the George Zimmerman in the media, to include photo shopped video and still frames from the same ensures a fiasco of a trial. So it begs to be question, Where was Mr Sharpton and Mr Jackson, not to mention the public outcry, over the case previously mentioned? Just saying
  • by jane on Apr 4, 2012 at 03:42 AM
    Elleton Collins, Jr. needs to wait for the evidence. Shame on the media for all the inaccurate information.
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      by tommy on Apr 4, 2012 at 05:45 AM in reply to jane
      they sure do mostly the boys family wanting there 15 min. of fame. let the courts do there job.
  • by Amy on Apr 4, 2012 at 03:39 AM
    Crooks, crooks, crooks. Smith has spoken and he will have mud on his face before it is over. Your 10 minutes are fame have expired.
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