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Florida's senators encouraged by DOJ's role in the Trayvon Martin case

Both of Florida's senators on Tuesday praised the Justice Department's decision to get involved in the Trayvon Martin case.

"First of all, it's a tragedy that this young man lost his life," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., whose office spoke Monday about the case with the Justice Department.

 

"Now that the Department of Justice has announced their criminal investigation, along with what is apparently the same with the state of Florida, with the FDLE, and local law enforcement, now the criminal investigation is under way and we will wait to see the results of that. It's the right move for all three to be investigating."

"That's positive," Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in an interview this afternoon in Washington. "We always want to know the truth about something like that." But the former Florida House speaker said it was too early to say whether, as some Florida Democrats now demand, there should be changes to the Stand Your Ground law.

"We don't know the details of whether that is even is a defense available to the individual involved," Rubio said. "Let's let the Justice Department  go in -- these are professionals, they'll know what they're looking for -- before people rush to judgment on whether a change in law is (necessary)."

Nelson is scheduled to talk about the case with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday morning. Among his questions for Holder: how Florida's gun law applies to the facts of this shooting. He said he didn't know enough about the law to know whether the gun law should be reevaluated in Florida, but said based on what he's learned so far, "it is appropriate that there be a criminal investigation."

Of the law, Rubio said: "I voted for it and I think there is rational behind it but we have no idea whether that applies at all in this case. I think that's very important to understand."

--ERIKA BOLSTAD and ALEX LEARY

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