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Latest Trayvon Martin Items
The Florida Senate on Thursday approved the so-called warning shot bill, moving to significantly revise the state's self-defense laws for the first time since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
The Republican-controlled Florida House on Thursday is expected to pass the first significant revisions to the state's self-defense laws since the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, said in an interview released Wednesday that he's trying to be a good person and he thinks he can help others after what he has gone through.
The Rev. Al Sharpton led hundreds of people on a march Monday to the state Capitol, where they rallied against Florida's "stand your ground" law.
"To have laws that tell people that they can shoot first and then ask questions later is a violation of our civil rights. I believe that law is inherently wrong," Sharpton said before the march began. "The law in effect says based on your imagination — if you imagine I'm a threat — you have the right to kill me."
In a story Feb. 26 about the parents of slain teenager Jordan Davis, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nicole Oulson, the widow of a man shot and killed in a movie theater, will attend a rally regarding Florida's "stand your ground" law. Oulson's attorney, TJ Grimaldi, said Oulson will not participate in the rally.
Vigils are being planned across the country to mark the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin — a case that has stoked racial tensions and questioned Florida's Stand Your Ground laws for the past two years.
The Goodman Theatre is the latest company to join a national push to stage a night of short plays about the killing of Trayvon Martin.
A verdict in the city of Jacksonville is again raising the issue of self-defense and race in Florida, just seven months after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin.