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Florida governor organizes a task force to review “Stand Your Ground” law

NPR’s news blog is reporting that Florida governor Rick Scott has appointed a task force to investigate the state’s gun laws, including the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law at the center of the Trayvon Martin case. It appears that the task force will meet on May 1st. Back in 2010, the Tampa Bay Times looked […]

Florida vs. Virginia: comparing self-defense laws

The death of Trayvon Martin sparked controversy and discussion about Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” self-defense rule. We spoke with two local criminal defense attorneys to talk about the differences (and similarities) between the self-defense provisions afforded by both Florida and Virginia law.

Local reactions to the killing of Trayvon Martin

The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has inspired both sympathy for his family and ignited outrage against what many people see as a failure of justice. Richmonders–from a local pastor, VCU student, and the mayor–weigh-in on this national issue.