Stand Your Ground task force to meet
Updated On: May 01 2012 08:41:02 AM EDT
It's a law not many people knew of just a few short weeks ago, but now it's thrust Florida into the spotlight -- the controversial Stand Your Ground Law.
Governor Rick Scott has created a task force to see whether the law needs to be rewritten.
On Tuesday, all 17 of those task force members will be at the state capitol for the very first time.
While George Zimmerman lawyers prepare for a possible trial, the law Zimmerman cited is under scrutiny as well.
A task force will take their first step this morning, in determining if the Stand Your Ground Law needs changing, just two months after unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was shot to death in a Sanford neighborhood.
"Well you know the first thing we ought to be doing is lets look at this case and see what happened here," Governor Scott said. "I think it's always positive to go and look at the laws, and see what the consequences are."
Task force members hand picked by the governor, will be looking for feedback from every Florida community, and then they'll report their findings back to Tallahassee.
"Since the Stand Your Ground Law has been in effect, there has been a 50 percent increase in the number of justifiable homicides that have taken place," the Governor said. "That is a staggering number that needs to be looked at, because on the surface it appears as if, that's the easiest thing your trying to plea."
Channel 4 Crime Analyst Ken Jefferson expects the task force to set ground rules in today, before they set out to listen to public comment and gather statistical data.
"They may recommend based on their findings that you modify the law altogether or that your findings excuse all the things people are using as a defense," Jefferson said.
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