Letter to Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General

Letter

By:  Corrine Brown Debbie Wasserman Schultz Alcee Hastings, Sr. Kathy Castor Ted Deutch Frederica Wilson
Date: March 29, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) led the Florida Democratic delegation in sending the following letter to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi expressing concerns over the handling of the Trayvon Martin case and requesting to be kept apprised of the State's investigation into the matter. Joining Hastings in sending the letter were fellow Florida Democratic Representatives Frederica Wilson (FL-17), Ted Deutch (FL-19), Kathy Castor (FL-11), Corrine Brown (FL-3), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20). (Please find below and attached a copy of the letter).

March 29, 2012

The Honorable Pam Bondi
Attorney General
Florida Office of the Attorney General
The Capitol PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

Dear Attorney General Bondi:

We write to express our grave concern over the handling of the Trayvon Martin case. It is clear that questions must be answered about the events that have transpired over the past month. Therefore, we were pleased to learn that a new State Attorney, Angela Corey of the 4th Judicial Circuit has been assigned to investigate this tragic incident, and that a task force will convene at the conclusion of this investigation.

We remain troubled that this incident occurred on February 26, 2012, and yet Mr. George Zimmerman has not been arrested. As members of the Florida Congressional delegation, we request that you keep us apprised of your findings, and provide us with a comprehensive briefing at the conclusion of your investigation.

We cannot let the standard of our judicial process be overlooked in this matter. As you know, there are a number of laws, decisions, and procedures involved in both what happened to Mr. Martin, and the subsequent actions of the Sanford Police Department. We sincerely hope that your office will do everything in its power to find answers as to what went wrong in order to prevent an incident like this from happening in the future.

Thank you for your time and consideration of our request. We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Alcee L. Hastings
Member of Congress

Frederica Wilson
Member of Congress

Ted Deutch
Member of Congress

Kathy Castor
Member of Congress

Corrine Brown
Member of Congress

Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Member of Congress

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Democratic Chairman of the Florida Delegation.