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2138402 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-08-26 20:46:46.0 UTC 2013-08-26T16:46:46.000-04:00 true smith-seeks-to-close-last-man-standing-escape-hatch-in-syg-law published 2013-08-26 20:47:30.0 UTC 2013-08-26T16:47:30.000-04:00 For the second year in a row, Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith will try to amend Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law. Smith's proposal, SB 122, would prevent individuals from initiating or "unreasonably escalating" a deadly conflict -- and then claiming immunity from prosecution under the self-defense law. Immunity would also be denied to individuals who left a place of safety or chased someone down. "The ‘Last Man Standing’ escape hatch would finally close with the passage of this legislation,” Smith wrote in a press release. Additionally, Smith's proposal has language requiring sheriffs and municipal police departments to craft guidelines on neighborhood watch programs. From the bill text: "The guidelines must include, but not be limited to, prohibiting a neighborhood crime watch patrol participant who is on patrol from confronting or attempting to apprehend a person suspected of improper or unlawful activity except in those circumstances in which a reasonable person would be permitted, authorized, or expected to assist another person." That language, of course, is a reference to Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who fatally shot an unarmed Trayvon Martin in 2012. Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder earlier this year. Smith said the Stand Your Ground law had a "troubled track record in Florida" long before the shooting in Sanford. "This law is neither working as intended nor protecting those it was intended to protect," Smith said. "Unless the critics are comfortable with continuing to give deadly aggressors a free pass from prosecution, these long overdue and reasonable changes need to be made.” Kathleen McGrory the-buzz-florida-politics Stand Your Ground Smith seeks to close 'last-man standing escape hatch' in SYG law false templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2013/08/26/1377550050-smith-seeks-to-close-last-man-standing-escape-hatch-in-syg-law BlogArticle For the second year in a row, Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith will try to amend Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law.Stand Your GroundStand Your GroundKathleen McGrory 1270579 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-01-15 14:19:55.0 UTC 2013-01-15T09:19:55.000-05:00 kathleen-mcgrory published 2015-06-22 21:17:40.0 UTC 2015-06-22T17:17:40.000-04:00 Kathleen McGrory <p>Kathleen McGrory is a health and medicine reporter at the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>. Before joining the newspaper in 2015, she spent seven years as a metro reporter for the <i>Miami Herald</i> and two years as a government reporter in the <i>Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald</i> Tallahassee Bureau. She speaks Spanish and holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 102012572 Kathleen McGrory is a health and medicine reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Before joining the newspaper in 2015, she spent seven years as a metro reporter for the Miami Herald and two years as a government reporter in the Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald Tallahassee Bureau. She speaks Spanish and holds degrees from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8330</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:kmcgrory@tampabay.com">kmcgrory@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/kmcgrory">@kmcgrory</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2013/01/Kathleen_McGrory_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/102012572-kathleen-mcgrory AuthorProfile 2013-01-15 14:19:55.0 UTC 2013-01-15T09:19:55.000-05:00 2262319 2016-01-22 00:18:25.0 UTC 7 Months Ago stand-your-ground-law-changes-inch-toward-full-senate-vote the-buzz-florida-politics "Stand your ground" law changes inch toward full Senate vote BlogArticle 2263225 2016-01-28 20:30:37.0 UTC 7 Months Ago florida-senate-approves-changes-to-stand-your-ground-law the-buzz-florida-politics Florida Senate approves changes to 'stand your ground' law BlogArticle 2265807 2016-02-17 23:44:58.0 UTC 6 Months Ago proposed-reforms-to-floridas-stand-your-ground-law-revived-with-house the-buzz-florida-politics Proposed reforms to Florida's 'stand your ground' law revived with House referral BlogArticle <p>For the second year in a row, Senate Democratic Leader <strong>Chris Smith</strong> will try to amend Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law.</p> <p>Smith's proposal, <a title="SB 122" href="http://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0122" target="_self">SB 122</a>, would prevent individuals from initiating or &quot;unreasonably escalating&quot; a deadly conflict -- and then claiming immunity from prosecution under the self-defense law. Immunity would also be denied to individuals who left a place of safety or chased someone down.</p> <p>&quot;The ‘Last Man Standing’ escape hatch would finally close with the passage of this legislation,” Smith wrote in a press release.</p> <p>Additionally, Smith's proposal has language requiring sheriffs and municipal police departments to craft guidelines on neighborhood watch programs.</p> <p>From the bill text: &quot;The guidelines must include, but not be limited to, prohibiting a neighborhood crime watch patrol participant who is on patrol from confronting or attempting to apprehend a person suspected of improper or unlawful activity except in those circumstances in which a reasonable person would be permitted, authorized, or expected to assist another person.&quot;</p> <p>That language, of course, is a reference to Sanford neighborhood watch volunteer <strong>George Zimmerman</strong>, who fatally shot an unarmed&nbsp;<strong>Trayvon Martin</strong>&nbsp;in 2012. Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder earlier this year.</p> <p>Smith said the Stand Your Ground law had a &quot;troubled track record in Florida&quot; long before the shooting in Sanford.</p> <p>&quot;This law is neither working as intended nor protecting those it was intended to protect,&quot; Smith said. &quot;Unless the critics are comfortable with continuing to give deadly aggressors a free pass from prosecution, these long overdue and reasonable changes need to be made.”</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:49:09