Rick Scott ‘Hopes’ Task Force Moves on Stand Your Ground Review
With a charge filed in the death of Trayvon Martin, Gov. Rick Scott said he “hopes to move forward” with the task force into the Stand Your Ground law and other personal self-defense laws.
On Wednesday, Duval County State Attorney Angela Corey announced that neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman will be charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford. He is expected to plead not guilty to the charge.
“They can look at this case, but it would probably be easier to look at prior cases,” Scott told reporters in the Capitol on Thursday.
Zimmerman, 28, claimed he acted in self-defense under the state’s Stand Your Ground law in what escalated into a nationwide, racially charged case.
Last month Scott announced that Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll would head a task force to conduct public hearings on Stand Your Ground that would begin after state and federal investigators completed the investigation into the shooting.
The task force awaits appointments from the House speaker and Senate president.
A number of black Democrats in the Legislature have also called for a special session to review the 2005 Stand Your Ground law.