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Rubio praises feds on Martin case but cautions against rush to judgment on 'Stand Your Ground'



Sen. Marco Rubio praised the Justice Department's decision to get involved in the Trayvon Martin case.

"That's positive," he said in an interview this afternoon in Washington. "We always want to know the truth about something like that." But the former Florida House speaker said it was too early to say whether, as some Florida Democrats now demand, there should be changes to the Stand Your Ground law.

"We don't know the details of whether that is even is a defense available to the individual involved," Rubio said. "Let's let the Justice Department  go in -- these are professionals, they'll know what they're looking for -- before people rush to judgment on whether a change in law is (necessary)."

Of the law, Rubio said: "I voted for it and I think there is rational behind it but we have no idea whether that applies at all in this case. I think that's very important to understand."

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 3:19pm]


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