I did a search for this, and found nothing. If it was diaried before, please tell me and I'll delete this.
Looks like the Martins have an ally in a REPUBLICAN Florida State Rep. ???
From the Miami Herald, we have this:
"As far as I’m concerned, that Neighborhood Watch guy was breaking that law as soon as he started following that kid. He was stalking him. That’s not standing your ground," said Rep. Richard "Rich" Glorioso, R-Plant City, who voted for the bill. "If the law is applied right, it’s a fine law. But we worried about how people would interpret it, and how it would be applied, when we were discussing it."
Now, granted, Rep. Glorioso may have made this statement mainly because he
voted for the law, and didn't want it repealed because of the Martin killing.
But he DID say it.
And apparently he said it in public at a town-hall-style meeting in Sanford. FL, on Wednesday 3-21-12
More about that meeting.............
At Wednesday’s town hall meeting in Sanford, where more than 400 people sat inside the Allen Chapel AME Church and another 200 or more rallied outside, State Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Orlando, said repealing the "stand your ground" law would be a top priority for the legislature’s black caucus.
"What about Trayvon’s right to stand his ground and defend himself?" she asked. "How do you claim self-defense when you’re in an SUV and you pursue a person on foot? How did Trayvon provoke an attack when he was running away?"
And even the law's author is rethinking things:
Police chiefs and prosecutors have decried the law for years, but it wasn’t until the Martin shooting that notable Republicans, including the bill’s author, Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, have said the law may need to be reconsidered.