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Trayvon Martin's Father Visits Tally, Weighs In About Stand Your Ground Legislation

Sascha Cordner
Trayvon Martin's father, Tracy, speaking to reporters following a FAMU forum discussing Stand Your Ground.

Trayvon Martin’s father visited Tallahassee Thursday as part of a forum at Florida A and M University discussing Florida’s Stand Your Ground law.The forum, part of FAMU's Homecoming week, was called “Stand Your Ground law: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Hundreds of people attended the forum, in part to hear Tracy Martin address the crowd about the law at the center of a trial concerning his son’s death.  Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, was also supposed to come, but was unable to attend. Still, Tracy Martin says what they both want is for the controversial law to be repealed or changed, not remain as is.

“It meant a lot to just get the message out, trying to let everyone know that we want the laws to apply to us equally, that there are some loopholes in the laws that need to get kicked out, that need to be reformed, etc., but it was real important to be here to hear what legislators are saying,” said Martin, following the forum.

Tallahassee Democratic Representative Alan Williams was among the speakers at the event. He’s the sponsor of a bill that aims to repeal the law. It’s slated for a hearing before the end of December in the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, headed by Shalimar Republican Matt Gaetz, who’s vowed to keep the law intact.

Stay tuned to Friday's Capital Report for more on this story!

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.