Florida Stand Your Ground Taskforce

A back door effort to speed up a review of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground Law is underway. After several calls for Governor Rick Scott to begin an immediate investigation went unanswered, State Senator Chris Smith empanelled his own Stand Your Ground task force. The task force, announced Tuesday, is made up of mostly Democrats. All are from South Florida.

Less than two weeks after State Senator Chris Smith first asked the governor for an immediate review of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, he tired of waiting. “Florida is in a crisis mode.”

Many believe Stand Your Ground is the reason George Zimmerman walks free after killing 17 year old Trayvon Martin. Governor Rick Scott named a task force to review the law, but it’s not meeting until the shooting investigation is completed. Sen. Chris Smith,“It’s time to get to work. We have a governor who ran on getting to work and now he wants to wait to work.”

Smith, a Democrat, has named his own 14 member task force made up of mostly Democrats and attorneys. Some voted against the law in 2005. All are from South Florida.

Reporter: Are there any Republicans on your task force?
Smith: Actually I don’t know of the party of people on the task force. What I’ve done is reached out to other people.”

Smith says he didn’t consider party affiliation when picking task force members but ads, there are defense attorneys on the panel who have used Stand Your Ground to win cases.

The task force will also hear from judges who’ve tried cases with defendants who used the self-defense law.

Governor Rick Scott brushed off criticism of his wait-until-we-have-all-the-facts approach. “The first thing you do is you do an investigation, you make sure justice prevails. Then you step back and say ok, so what did we learn from this. That’s the right way of doing it.”

Smith says swift action is needed because Florida’s tourism industry will suffer if travelers don’t think the state is safe.

The task force will hold its first meeting Thursday in Ft. Lauderdale at the city’s main library. Public testimony will run from four to six. Then from six to nine members will discuss changes to Stand Your Ground. Those recommendations will be given to the governor, the senate president and the house speaker, possibly with a call for a special session to change the law.


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  • by kafantaris Location: Ohio on Apr 5, 2012 at 12:22 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.
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      by Brian on Apr 6, 2012 at 08:33 PM in reply to kafantaris
      If we dispensed with logic, common sense, and intellect and just used our hearts like you, then we'd all be blathering liberal kooaid drinkers with no moral compass and act like automatons and zombies with no mind of our own. No thanks, bud. I think for myself. I question everything, especially "news" that is spoon-fed to us. Oh, by the way, did you know that Trayvon Martin's father has gone on record saying that the voice in the 911 audio tape is NOT his son's?!? Where's your heart now, simpleton?
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        by Brian7 on Apr 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM in reply to Brian
        He lived with his mother and his mother said that is his voice and experts said it's not Zimmerman's. So where is your logic, common sense, and intellect?
  • by Ray Location: Port St. Joe on Apr 5, 2012 at 03:34 AM
    Stand Your Ground means to Defend Yourself if someone is coming at you with intent to harm or kill you; if you are somewhere you have a right to be. If you are STALKING or following someone and the Police dispatcher tells you NOT to follow the person and you continue to follow anyway and someone gets killed; well that would be murder or manslaughter of the 1st degree. It doesn’t matter if the person is dressed like a THUG with a hood over his head or not.
  • by beach guy on Apr 4, 2012 at 03:31 PM
    A better question the reporter could have asked, are there any white members on your committee, of course thats not politically correct and WJHG wont post this.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:08 PM
    Some people don't know what STAND means. They think it means run after or follow.
  • by Anonymous Location: Fl on Apr 3, 2012 at 08:30 PM
    They need to review the corruption in the investigation/prosecution of George Zimmerman. His daddy was a judge, he is NOT Judge Dredd, that simple. That law doesn't apply to him in that case and everyone knows it. He was told to stand down, he ignored it, and IF he did get his but kicked for harassing a kid in the rain, he deserved it.
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      by Brian7 on Apr 4, 2012 at 07:09 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I agree 100%.
  • by oldguy49 Location: panama city beach on Apr 3, 2012 at 05:02 PM
    stand your ground law does not say follow...........you think that the florida gov will put us at risk because of this............
  • by Sebastian Location: Jackson co. on Apr 3, 2012 at 04:52 PM
    Stand your ground is a law, a good law. It does not give one a right to harm innocent people, but to protect those who are innocent from great bodily harm or death from the criminal element. A review of the "Stand your ground"law is nothing more than a waste of tax payers money and yet another attempt to get weapons out of the citizens hands so that we will all be totally enslaved. Think not? Just go on line and read the "Daily Mail" from England then you might just understand what our politicians are doing to America. The much publicized 12/21 20012 prediction is just an example of how the politicians in concert with the news media brain wash and control the unknowing citizens not only of America, but the world.
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