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AG Pam Bondi pledges "thorough investigation" into Trayvon Martin's death

In Washington D.C. for the health care arguments in fromt of the U.S. Supreme Court, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi also addressed the investigation into Trayvon Martin's death. She said she spoke to Trayvon's lawyer Ben Crump on Sunday, and that she'd spoken to the teen's parents recently, too.

"They know how I feel, I know how they feel," she said. "My heart breaks for these parents. They've been through so much. It breaks my heart, what they're going through."

She's also been in close contact with the U.S. Attorney office that's working with the FBI on the case. In addition, she's been speaking daily with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, an agency she called "completely objective."

"They will do everything in their power to have all the questions answered," Bondi said. "Right now we have too many unanswered questions."  

Bondi said that she herself has no jurisdiction to prosecute the case, but called the special prosecutor, Angela Corey, "second to none," and pledged a "thorough investigation."

"We are doing everything in our power to ensure that justice is sought in this case," she said.

The task force appointed by the governor will be taking a look at the role of the state's "Stand Your Ground" laws, Bondi said. They do not yet know what role that law played in the incident, she said.

"What we do know is that a 17-year-old boy was walking home, and now he's dead," she said. "And when you have questions like that, they need to be answered."

Bondi also talked about the first of three days of the health care arguments in front of the Supreme Court, which is looking at the constitutionality of the new health care law this week.

Florida will follow the law if it is upheld by the Supreme Court, Bondi said. But since the governor doesn't believe the law is constitutional, the state has declined to implement some of the changes scheduled to go into effect, particularly with Medicaid.

"We are not accepting the money," she said. "We firmly believe the court will rule it to be unconstitutional."


A decision in the case will come from the Supreme Court by June, at the heart of the presidential campaign, but Bondi downplayed the political nature of the health care arguments.


"We're not here to debate health care policy," she said. "I would be the first one to say we need tremendous health care reform. But this is not the way to do it."

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