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More calls for action on Stand Your Ground law



When Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Sen. Chris Smith was tapped to serve on a select committee examining Florida's child protection laws.

Two years later, Smith is calling for the formation of another select committee.

This time, he said, the focus should be Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law.

"We once again face a similar situation in which a child is dead and the adult who admitted to shooting him walks free," Smith wrote in a letter to Senate President Don Gaetz on Monday. "Unfortunately, while the calls for action on the part of the legislature continue to mount well beyond the state lines of Florida, there has been no similar effort on the part of the Senate to spring into action to examine 'whether changes need to be made to current Florida law.'"

Smith, of course, is referencing last month's aquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager from Miami.

"Surely, if we could so quickly muster the full power of the legislature to examine and improve a law at the center of a firestorm following the death of Caylee Anthony, we can do the same in the case of Trayvon Martin," Smith wrote.

A spokeswoman for Gaetz said he would have a response shortly.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 5:18pm]


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