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Florida to examine "stand your ground" law

(AP) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is putting together a 17-member task force to look at the state law that allows someone to defend themselves.

Scott announced Thursday the group will begin its work in May. The task force was created in the wake of the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

Martin was shot by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who maintains he acted in self-defense. Zimmerman was charged last week with second-degree murder.

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The task force will include attorneys, judges, and a prosecutor. The Ocala legislator who sponsored the "stand your ground" law, which eliminated a person's duty to retreat when threatened with seriously bodily harm or death, is also on the panel.

Scott says he doesn't want the group to have any "preconceived notions" about what to recommend.

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