Trayvon Martin's parents in Tampa for town hall today
The parents of Trayvon Martin, the teen whose shooting death in Sanford three months ago sparked a national discussion about the limits of self-defense, will take part in a panel discussion on Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law in Tampa today. The "Stand Your Ground for Justice" town-hall meeting is sponsored by the National Bar Association, the largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. The forum is scheduled for noon at the Beulah Baptist Institutional Church, 1006 Cypress St. The meeting will include an update on the Martin case, in which the 17-year-old was shot to death by a neighborhood-watch member in Sanford in January.The shooter, George Zimmerman, remained free until last week when he was arrested on a second-degree murder charge. Zimmerman told police he was attacked by the teenager when Zimmerman asked the youth why he was in the neighborhood. Under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, a person in fear of injury or death can use deadly force. Zimmerman's attorney has said he plans to use the law as part of the defense for his client. Thursday's panelists will include Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's parents; Otis Anthony of WMNF (88.5 FM); Clinton Paris of the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs; state Sen. Chris Smith, D-Fort Lauderdale; Carolyn Collins with the NAACP-Hillsborough County; and Martin family attorney, Benjamin Crump. John Page, president-elect of NBA, and Tanya Clay-House, chairwoman of NBA's Civil Rights Law Section, will provide commentary during the panel discussion. CNN's legal analyst Sunny Hostin will serve as moderator. A news conference will follow the public forum. "As lawyers from around the country converge here at ground zero of stand your ground, victims and their families impacted by its application need to be heard," said Page in the meeting announcement. "We give voice to their concerns by examining the effects of this law, particularly the increasing justified homicide claims in its wake."