Stand Your Ground

Politics
1:00 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Stand Your Ground Law Under Fire, But Likely To Remain

Rev. Al Sharpton (center) marches with parents and family of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis and others in Tallahassee Monday. They are calling on Florida to repeal the state's Stand Your Ground law.
Credit Tom Urban / News Service of Florida

Civil-rights leader Al Sharpton led a crowd of about 1,000 people to the Florida Capitol on Monday, demanding that Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature fix or repeal the "stand your ground" self-defense law.

Sharpton marched alongside the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, two teens the marchers said were wrongly killed under Florida's first-in-the-nation law, which allows people to use deadly force when they feel their lives are in danger and provides immunity from prosecution. 

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The Florida Roundup
7:30 am
Mon February 24, 2014

What To Make Of The Michael Dunn Case And Stand Your Ground

Would George Zimmerman (shown left) and Michael Dunn (right) have been convicted for the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, respectively, if the prosecution had pursued less serious charges?

"The Daily Show" on Comedy Central takes note of the irony of the Michael Dunn verdict occurring during Black History Month.

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The Florida Roundup
11:24 am
Fri February 14, 2014

How Jimmy Ryce's Death Changed The Way We Treat Sex Predators

Nine year-old Jimmy Ryce was raped and killed by Juan Carlos Chavez in Redland in 1995.
Credit courtesy of the Ryce family / Miami Herald

Nineteen years after the crime, Jimmy Ryce’s killer has been put to death. Juan Carlos Chavez is the second death row inmate to be executed in Florida this year, as state legislators look to strengthen sexual predator laws, enacted after Ryce’s killing.

This week on the Florida Roundup, host Tom Hudson will discuss the Ryce case with Fernando Vila of Fusion, Tia Mitchell of the Tampa Bay Times, Amy Driscoll and Juan Vasquez of the Miami Herald and Rhema Thompson of WJCT Public Radio in Jacksonville. 

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The Florida Roundup
12:15 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Take Our First Annual News Quiz On South Florida Stories From 2013

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News
5:34 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Florida House Dems Back Senate Tweaks of Stand Your Ground

The Stand Your Ground law is being revisited due to last year's death of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, shot by Sanford, Fla., George Zimmerman.

Florida House Democrats met with reporters Wednesday to say they don't want to turn Thursday’s Stand Your Ground hearing into a publicity stunt.

The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will take up a bill by Democratic state Representative Alan Williams. The measure would repeal the 2005 Florida law that says people don't have to retreat in a situation where they fear for their lives.

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Politics
10:06 am
Thu October 31, 2013

No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla.

George Zimmerman.
Gary W. Green EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 11:03 am

The police chief in Sanford, Fla., where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012, will unveil rules next week that stress "volunteers are not to carry guns and not to follow suspects," our colleagues at Orlando's WMFE report.

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Law
4:16 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Why Changing Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Remains Elusive

Prompted by a national outcry over George Zimmerman's acquittal this summer in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida Senate committee gave approval Tuesday to minor changes in the state's "stand your ground" law.

But whether a Legislature dominated by gun-loving lawmakers will ultimately sign off on a bipartisan compromise remains a long shot, despite a seemingly indifferent National Rifle Association, which helped write Florida's first-in-the-nation law.

The law's 2005 sponsor, Sen. David Simmons, defended the current law while conceding it could be better.

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Politics
7:22 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Broward Senator Files Legislation To Stop George Zimmerman Wannabes

Sen. Chris Smith says the Stand Your Ground law is being misused. He's filed legislation to limit when suspects can use the law as a defense.
Credit flsenate.gov

The Stand Your Ground law will get hearings when the Florida Legislature convenes for regular business next month.

But no significant changes in the law are expected.

Lawmakers voted against holding a special session on Stand Your Ground after protesters staged a month-long sit-in at the Capitol.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Democrats Trigger Lawmaker Poll On Stand Your Ground Special Session

Credit Bar Jack/Flickr

The Florida Secretary of State's office will begin polling members of the Legislature to find out if there is enough support to hold a special session to decide the fate of the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.

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Criminal Justice
5:34 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Florida Sheriffs: Keep 'Stand Your Ground' As Written

Credit Gerardo Mora

The Florida Sheriffs Association is no longer neutral on the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the new president of the association, announced Friday that members agreed earlier this week without opposition to support the law "as currently written."

"Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including 'stand your ground,' " Judd said in a prepared statement.

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Politics
3:31 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Florida House To Hold Hearing On 'Stand Your Ground'

A House subcommittee will look into the state's controversial "stand your ground" law, but its chairman said he doesn't intend to support any changes.

House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has directed Criminal Justice Subcommittee Chairman Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, to hold a hearing on the law during a committee week this fall.

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Zimmerman Trial
7:12 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Bracing For A Boycott: How Scott's Defense Of 'Stand Your Ground' Could Hurt Florida

DISNEY, CITRUS ON THE LINE Activists around the country say Florida should be punished with a boycott for its Stand Your Ground law.
Credit Facebook

The calls to boycott Florida grew louder and more widespread on Friday after Gov. Rick Scott reiterated his support for the broad self-defense law that was key to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.

Scott told demonstrators occupying the state capitol on Thursday that he will not submit the Stand Your Ground law to a special legislative session for revisions despite demands by activists, elected leaders and at least one prosecutor earlier in the day.

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The Florida Roundup
3:09 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

How The Zimmerman Verdict Was Decided

Days after the jury’s decision, South Florida – and the nation – still struggles to understand the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

Was it Stand Your Ground or other self-defense laws that determined the outcome?  One juror who spoke with CNN said:

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Zimmerman Trial
6:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

The Role Of Florida's Stand Your Ground Law In The Zimmerman Verdict

The Tampa Bay Times reviewed over 200 incidents where Stand Your Ground was raised based on news stories, court records and interviews with prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Credit Tampa Bay Times

The Stand Your Ground law was in the instructions given to the jury (page 12), which acquitted George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin. But it was among a list of laws in the instructions.

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Zimmerman Trial
8:08 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

South Florida Reacts To Verdict In Zimmerman Trial

We're covering reactions to the Seminole County jury's decision to acquit George Zimmerman.  

Tell us what you think by calling (305) 330-WLRN (9576) or tweet us @WLRN. We'll also be updating this page.  

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