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A new bill under consideration by the Florida Legislature would make it easier for defendants to use the "Stand Your Ground" defense when faced with use of force charges. 

For years, Florida laws have  had provisions for self-defense immunity, protecting people who use force in self-defense from being prosecuted. There are certain restrictions on where and when you are justified in using various kind of force in self-defense.

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03/05/14 - Wednesday's Topical Currents is a detail account of the controversial death of teenager Trayvon Martin and the ensuing trial of neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman’s defense captivated the nation, his acquittal viewed by many with disbelief and dismay.  Today Show and NBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom covered every minute of the trial, and has written Suspicion Nation:  The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.  That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.

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Florida's Stand Your Ground Task Force, empanelled to review and recommend adjustments to the state's controversial self-defense policy, has concluded the law is pretty much OK as it is.

The seven-year-old law allows people who feel their lives are in danger to respond to the threat with deadly force, even if they don't choose to run for help or safety. It's most notable application was in Seminole County where Miami-Dade County teen Trayvon Martin was shot to death during an encounter with armed neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.