Stand Your Ground http://blog.wlrn.org en Stand Your Ground Law Under Fire, But Likely To Remain http://blog.wlrn.org/post/stand-your-ground-law-under-fire-likely-remain <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia; line-height: 18.4320011138916px; text-align: justify;">Civil-rights leader Al Sharpton led a crowd of about 1,000 people to the Florida Capitol on Monday, demanding that Gov. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:00:22 +0000 Margie Menzel and the News Service of Florida 29009 at http://blog.wlrn.org Stand Your Ground Law Under Fire, But Likely To Remain What To Make Of The Michael Dunn Case And Stand Your Ground http://blog.wlrn.org/post/what-make-michael-dunn-case-and-stand-your-ground <p></p><p>"The Daily Show" on Comedy Central takes note of the irony of the Michael Dunn verdict occurring during Black History Month.</p><p><embed allowfullscreen="true" allownetworking="all" allowscriptaccess="always" bgcolor="#000000" flashvars="autoPlay=false" height="400" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:433103" style="display:block" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="600" wmode="window"></embed></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:30:37 +0000 Elaine Chen 28207 at http://blog.wlrn.org What To Make Of The Michael Dunn Case And Stand Your Ground How Jimmy Ryce's Death Changed The Way We Treat Sex Predators http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-jimmy-ryces-death-changed-way-we-treat-sex-predators <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nineteen years after the crime, Jimmy&nbsp;</span>Ryce’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;killer has been put to death. Juan Carlos Chavez is the second death row inmate to be executed in Florida this year, as state legislators look to strengthen sexual predator&nbsp;laws, enacted after&nbsp;</span>Ryce’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;killing.</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:24:45 +0000 Elaine Chen 27923 at http://blog.wlrn.org How Jimmy Ryce's Death Changed The Way We Treat Sex Predators Take Our First Annual News Quiz On South Florida Stories From 2013 http://blog.wlrn.org/post/take-our-first-annual-news-quiz-south-florida-stories-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:15:21 +0000 Elaine Chen 25512 at http://blog.wlrn.org Take Our First Annual News Quiz On South Florida Stories From 2013 Florida House Dems Back Senate Tweaks of Stand Your Ground http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-house-dems-back-senate-tweaks-stand-your-ground <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida House Democrats met with reporters Wednesday to say they don't want to turn Thursday’s Stand Your Ground hearing into a publicity stunt.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:34:05 +0000 News Service of Florida 23305 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida House Dems Back Senate Tweaks of Stand Your Ground No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla. http://blog.wlrn.org/post/no-more-guns-neighborhood-watch-sanford-fla The police chief in Sanford, Fla., where neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=148905681" target="_blank">killed teenager Trayvon Martin</a> in February 2012, will unveil rules next week that stress "volunteers are not to carry guns and not to follow suspects," <a href="http://www.wmfe.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=15204&news_iv_ctrl=1041" target="_blank">our colleagues at Orlando's WMFE report</a>.<p>The station reminds us that "Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith took over the department in April, and suspe Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 22961 at http://blog.wlrn.org No More Guns For Neighborhood Watch In Sanford, Fla. Why Changing Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Remains Elusive http://blog.wlrn.org/post/why-changing-floridas-stand-your-ground-law-remains-elusive <p>Prompted by a national outcry over George Zimmerman&#39;s acquittal this summer in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, a Florida Senate committee gave approval Tuesday to minor changes in the state&#39;s &quot;stand your ground&quot; law.</p><p>But whether a Legislature dominated by gun-loving lawmakers will ultimately sign off on a bipartisan compromise remains a long shot, despite a seemingly indifferent National Rifle Association, which helped write Florida&#39;s first-in-the-nation law.</p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:16:50 +0000 Dara Kam & News Service of Florida 21865 at http://blog.wlrn.org Why Changing Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Remains Elusive Broward Senator Files Legislation To Stop George Zimmerman Wannabes http://blog.wlrn.org/post/broward-senator-files-legislation-stop-george-zimmerman-wannabes <p>The Stand Your Ground law&nbsp;<a href="http://wlrn.org/post/florida-house-hold-hearing-stand-your-ground" target="_blank">will get hearings when the Florida Legislature convenes</a>&nbsp;for regular business next month.</p><div><div><p>But no significant changes in the law are expected.</p></div><div><p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/democrats-trigger-lawmaker-poll-stand-your-ground-special-session" target="_blank">Lawmakers voted against holding a special session</a>&nbsp;on Stand Your Ground after protesters staged a month-long sit-in at the Capitol.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:22:49 +0000 Gina Jordan 19682 at http://blog.wlrn.org Broward Senator Files Legislation To Stop George Zimmerman Wannabes Democrats Trigger Lawmaker Poll On Stand Your Ground Special Session http://blog.wlrn.org/post/democrats-trigger-lawmaker-poll-stand-your-ground-special-session <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">The Florida Secretary of State's office will begin polling members of the Legislature to find out if there is enough support to hold a special session to decide the fate of the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.</span></p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:38:16 +0000 News Service of Florida 18975 at http://blog.wlrn.org Democrats Trigger Lawmaker Poll On Stand Your Ground Special Session Florida Sheriffs: Keep 'Stand Your Ground' As Written http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-sheriffs-keep-stand-your-ground-written <p></p><p>The Florida Sheriffs Association is no longer neutral on the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.</p><p>Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the new president of the association, announced Friday that members agreed earlier this week without opposition to support the law "as currently written."</p><p>"Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including 'stand your ground,' " Judd said in a prepared statement.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 21:34:50 +0000 News Service of Florida 18817 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida Sheriffs: Keep 'Stand Your Ground' As Written Florida House To Hold Hearing On 'Stand Your Ground' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/florida-house-hold-hearing-stand-your-ground <p></p><p>A House subcommittee will look into the state's controversial "stand your ground" law, but its chairman said he doesn't intend to support any changes.</p><p>House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, has directed Criminal Justice Subcommittee Chairman Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, to hold a hearing on the law during a committee week this fall.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:31:25 +0000 News Service of Florida 18435 at http://blog.wlrn.org Florida House To Hold Hearing On 'Stand Your Ground' Bracing For A Boycott: How Scott's Defense Of 'Stand Your Ground' Could Hurt Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bracing-boycott-how-scotts-defense-stand-your-ground-could-hurt-florida <p>The calls to boycott Florida grew louder and more widespread on Friday after Gov. Rick Scott reiterated his support for the broad self-defense law that was key to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case.</p><p>Scott told demonstrators occupying the state capitol on Thursday that he will not submit the Stand Your Ground law to a special legislative session for revisions despite demands by activists, elected leaders and at least one prosecutor earlier in the day.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:12:05 +0000 Rick Stone 17726 at http://blog.wlrn.org Bracing For A Boycott: How Scott's Defense Of 'Stand Your Ground' Could Hurt Florida How The Zimmerman Verdict Was Decided http://blog.wlrn.org/post/how-zimmerman-verdict-was-decided <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Days after the jury’s decision, South Florida – and the nation – still struggles to understand the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of </span>Trayvon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Martin.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Was it Stand Your Ground or other self-defense laws that determined the outcome? &nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/17/justice/zimmerman-verdict-aftermath/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">One juror who spoke with CNN said</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">:</span></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:09:30 +0000 Elaine Chen 17666 at http://blog.wlrn.org How The Zimmerman Verdict Was Decided The Role Of Florida's Stand Your Ground Law In The Zimmerman Verdict http://blog.wlrn.org/post/did-stand-your-ground-law-have-role-zimmerman-verdict <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 22px; ">The Stand Your Ground law was in the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/153354467/George-Zimmerman-Trial-Final-Jury-Instructions" style="color: rgb(62, 72, 122); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; " target="_blank">instructions given to the jury</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 17469 at http://blog.wlrn.org The Role Of Florida's Stand Your Ground Law In The Zimmerman Verdict South Florida Reacts To Verdict In Zimmerman Trial http://blog.wlrn.org/post/south-florida-reacts-verdict-zimmerman-trial <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We're covering reactions to the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Seminole County jury's decision to acquit George Zimmerman. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tell us what you think by calling (305) 330-WLRN (9576)</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;or tweet us </span>@WLRN<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We'll also be updating this page. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:08:28 +0000 WLRN Staff 17311 at http://blog.wlrn.org South Florida Reacts To Verdict In Zimmerman Trial