Florida Protests ‘Stand Your Ground’

    George Zimmerman, defendant in the killing of Trayvon Martin, arrives with his attorney Mark O'Mara, right, for a pre-trial hearing, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla.  Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch leader,  told Circuit Judge Debra Nelson that he agrees with his defense attorneys' decision not to seek an immunity hearing under the state's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law.  Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty, claiming self-defense. Martin was fatally shot in February 2012 during a fight with Zimmerman in a Sanford gated community.  (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool)

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    Florida lawmakers are pushing for a special session to consider changing the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law, the one that made it difficult for a jury to convict George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. “This bill encourages people to shoot their way out of situations, and that’s not how we live in a civilized society,” state Democratic leader Chris Smith said. Florida legislators fear that high-profile boycotts of the state could intensify if the law isn’t changed. Meanwhile, dozens of young protesters have been occupying Gov. Rick Scott’s office demanding a reconsideration of the law.

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