Fla. Task Force Begins Review of Self-Defense Law

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  • LONGWOOD, Fla. (AP) — In the wake of the controversial shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, Gov. Rick Scott's task force on Citizen Safety and Protection will hold its first public meeting just miles from where the 17-year-old was killed to examine the state's "stand your ground" law.

    The group will meet Tuesday at a church in Longwood in the first of several meetings to take place around the state. Martin's shooting, following an altercation with a neighborhood watch volunteer as the teen walked through a gated community, prompted the review.

    A previous task force, organized by Democratic state Sen. Chris Smith, also looked at the law.

    George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and is in jail awaiting trial. He claims he shot Martin, who was unarmed, in self-defense.

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