Florida Governor Rick Scott is taking steps to repeal his state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law with a 15 member task force that will look at the gun law in the aftermath of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
The task force is chaired by Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, and the vice-chair is the Rev. R.B. Holmes Jr., a prominent African American minister in Tallahassee.
Members include state Rep Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who authored the 2005 bill that passed the Legislature; Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle; former Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Bell of Pensacola and Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley. Several Orlando-area legislators are also members.
The rest of the members are listed below:
Sheriff Larry Ashley, of Shalimar, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
State Representative Dennis Baxley, of Ocala, Florida House of Representatives, District 24.
Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth B. Bell, of Pensacola, shareholder with Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond and Stackhouse.
State Representative Jason Brodeur, of Sanford, Florida House of Representatives, District 33.
Derek E. Bruce, of Orlando, attorney with Edge Public Affairs.
Joseph A. Caimano Jr., of Tampa, criminal defense attorney with Caimano Law Group.
Edna Canino, of Miami, president of the Florida Embassy of League of United Latin American Citizens, Council 7220.
Gretchen Lorenzo, of Fort Myers, neighborhood watch coordinator for the Fort Myers Police Department.
Judge Krista Marx, of West Palm Beach, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Maria Newman, of Melbourne, neighborhood watch volunteer with the City of Melbourne.
Katherine Fernandez Rundle, of Miami, state attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.
Stacy A. Scott, of Gainesville, assistant public defender with the Eighth Judicial Circuit.
Mark Seiden, of Miami, self-employed attorney.
State Senator David Simmons, of Altamonte Springs, Florida Senate, District 22.
State Senator Gary Siplin, of Orlando, Florida Senate, District 19.
The law will be a key legislative factor in the defense case of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon on February 26. Zimmerman told authorities the killing was in self-defense.
Trayvon’s case has stirred civil rights activists nationwide and drawn intense publicity.
For more on Trayvon Martin, please join our Justice For Trayvon Facebook page.