Nan Rich: Stand Your Ground allows ‘murder’ but wasn’t ‘determinant’ in Trayvon Martin caseby George Bennett | July 26th, 2013
Democratic governor candidate Nan Rich voted for Florida’s “stand your ground” self-defense law when she was a state Senator in 2005, but says the law hasn’t been implemented the way legislators intended and should be changed.
A fundraising e-mail from Rich last week did not mention Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman, but seemed timed to cash in on anger over the recent not-guilty verdict in Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial.
“The ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is broken. Until it’s fixed, justice will never be fully served in Florida courts…As Governor, I would immediately call the legislature back into session and hold them there until they closed the loopholes in this law that allow criminals to get away with murder,” Rich’s money pitch said.
Rich also plans to join in stand your ground protests that were prompted by the Zimmerman verdict.
But in an interview with The Palm Beach Post, Rich said she doesn’t believe the stand your ground law was “determinant” in the Zimmerman verdict.
“That doesn’t change the fact that stand your ground needs to be changed,” Rich said.
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