Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t want to rush the investigation into the shooting of Trayvon Martin and won’t expedite the work of a task force that will examine the state’s self defense law, a spokesman said Tuesday. Several Democratic lawmakers had asked Scott to speed up the work of the task force – getting it to start meeting now, and Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale, asked Scott to call a special session next month to take a look at the stand your ground law. Scott appointed a task force to look at the issue, but the panel won’t begin its work until after a state’s attorney has completed an investigation into the case, which could take as long as a year.
“We still don’t know the effect the stand your ground law might have in this case, so it would be premature to begin evaluating facts when more facts are yet to emerge,” Scott spokesman Lane Wright said. “Gov. Scott believes we need to be thoughtful and thorough as we deal with this awful tragedy and for those reasons he will not interfere with the investigation or prematurely expedite the work of the task force.”