Scott Appoints New Prosecutor In Trayvon Martin Case

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami) – Florida Governor Rick Scott officially entered the Trayvon Martin murder investigation Thursday evening when he appointed Angela Corey as the newly assigned state attorney for the case and created a task force on citizen safety and protection.

Scott, and attorney general Pam Bondi, both talked with state attorney Norman Wolfinger Thursday and after the conversation Wolfinger decided to step down from the Martin investigation.

“This request is being made in light of the public good with the intent of toning down the rhetoric and preserving the integrity of the investigation,” Wolfinger wrote in his letter to the governor.

At the same time, Governor Scott also announced the formation of a task force while convene following the conclusion of the investigation by State Attorney Corey.

“As law enforcement investigates the death of Trayvon Martin, Floridians and others around the country have rightly recognized this as a terrible tragedy. Like all Floridians, I believe we must take steps to ensure tragedies like this are avoided. After listening to many concerned citizens in recent days, I will call for a Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection to investigate how to make sure a tragedy such as this does not occur in the future, while at the same time, protecting the fundamental rights of all of our citizens – especially the right to feel protected and safe in our state,” Scott said in a statement.

Scott and other members of the GOP and the NRA have come under fire for Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law which George Zimmerman, the shooter of Trayvon Martin, is using as his defense.

Zimmerman claimed under the law, passed in 2005, that he was acting in self-defense when he shot Martin, 17. Zimmerman made the claim despite getting out of his truck and pursuing Martin after 911 dispatchers told him not to do so.

Scott’s task force will review the law and any other laws, rules, regulations or programs that relate to public safety and citizen protection, the governor’s office said Thursday.

The task force will be led by Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll and the Reverend R.B. Holmes, Jr. Legislative leaders and Bondi will recommend other members to join the task force.

  • Daimen Bokk

    It’s about time someone looks into the actions of our police departments. Key West has a Citizens Review Board that looks at police actions, maybe this will become commonplace and Trayvon’s death will have served a good purpose. It saddens me to think this will be nothing more than a meaningless murder

  • justice4juveniles

    State Attorney Angela Corey is well known for prosecuting harshly, which is good news for Trayvon Martin and his family. He deserves justice. But Corey is known for not listening to the public. She has been prosecuting a 13 year old hispanic boy who is facing life without parole in the accidental death of his brother since he was barely 12 years old. She has said she isn’t seeking life without parole for him but he is facing not ONE criminal trial but TWO. If convicted he will be the youngest in our country to be sentenced to life and it is a mandatory sentence in Florida. When over 182,000 people petitioned and asked her to try him as a juvenile because he is a juvenile she said she doesn’t “prosecute by petition”. I guess the one benefit here is more people will become more aware of the injustice that has happened to Cristian Fernandez of Jacksonville, Florida and it could help him.

  • Bridget

    I hope there is a nationwide boycott of FL and all things coming out of FL. Money seems to be the only thing that really moves ppl to do the right thing and getting rid of this stupid and highly dangerous “Stand your Ground” law is on the top of the “must do” immediately list. Maybe if FL loses all that tourist money they will see where their bread is buttered.

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    […] One day later, President Barack Obama commented that if he had a son, he’d look like Trayvon. The same day, Governor Rick Scott appointed state attorney Angela Corey as a special prosecutor to look into the case. […]

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