Skip to comments.The Trayvon Martin Case: Near Resolution [Shellie Zimmerman Plea Deal]
Posted on 08/29/2013 5:40:52 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
Our long, national nightmare is finally over. Or at least the primary chapters have been written and sent to the printer. I have no doubt well be hearing about George and Shellie Zimmerman for many years to come. But for now, Shellies legal nightmare is nearly at an end and she has the opportunity to reclaim something of a life. I wrote about the charge against Shellie, a charge virtually devoid of evidence, in Update 37.2.
Last week, Shellies trial date of August 21 was postponed in lieu of a status conference. The most common reason for such postponements this close to trial is an imminent plea agreement. We now know that was indeed the case. The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of acquitted murder suspect George Zimmerman, admitted Wednesday that she had committed perjury to help her husband get out of jail and agreed to a plea deal that requires her to serve a year of probation.
Shellie Zimmerman had been charged with felony perjury, which carried a possible sentence of five years in prison. Instead, she negotiated a deal to plead guilty to a less serious crime misdemeanor perjury.
She was composed during her 10-minute hearing, answering questions from Circuit Judge Marlene Alva in a clear, confident voice, saying, Yes, maam, when asked if she understood what she was doing.
Part of the plea deal required Shellie to write a letter of apology to judge Lester, who was eventually removed from the George Zimmerman case due to his obvious and blatant bias against Zimmerman......
If the prosecution thought for a moment it had a reasonable chance of convicting Shellie Zimmerman, it would neverneverhave negotiated a plea bargain, particularly not one so favorable to Shellie.
At the very least, it would have demanded at least a permanent misdemeanor conviction. And while a complete and unconditional dismissal of the charges, or acquittal, would have been the preferred outcome for Shellie and Simms, the plea bargain amounts to the same thing.
And so another charge that should never have been brought, a political charge rather than any concern for justice, ultimately fails and justice prevails. Of course, Shellie Zimmerman has lost more than a year of her life and suffered unimaginable stress and heartache, as well as untold financial costs to obtain this agreeable result. Do not doubt the likely damage to her marriage this has caused.
Meanwhile, it remains entirely possible that the unethical, unprofessional, and inhumane prosecutors will suffer nothing more than the torment of their own consciences for their abuse of the justice system and two innocent people. That is likely to be very slight torment indeed.
Hopefully the perjury charges will be equally applied to the persecutors, I some how doubt it, what happened to equal justice?
Text of the Plea Deal here:
Text of her letter go Judge Lester here:
When do the persecutors go to trial?
An enforced Mea Culpa to avoid jail, and further persecution.
I’m hoping that this plea deal clears the table for that and that it will have no deleterious effect on that but there are legal experts here who are more qualified to deal with that issue.
I was just going to post about that. I’m sure it was highly edited, however, I did not like how Shellie appeared to turn on GZ. No wonder he’s dumping her. Saying he shouldn’t have gone to the Keltec plant which was wholly innocent. The sappy apology to TM’s parents, saying she lied, blah blah blah. Sounds like she’s writing a book.
Not a very loyal gal.
and she said that on the day of the shooting she and George had had a fight — I think she has misunderstood the plea deal. It isn’t true confessions to the media time.
George will have to live apart from her for the year. Because of the probation, she can’t move about freely, so now they will be exposed to the Black Panthers and likely murdered in their home.
When I read of this yesterday my heart sank. The racists have won.
I knew there was trouble in river city when they didn’t even talk when the verdict was read. I wish GZ well and see no sinister motives in his actions, before, during or after the incident. I resent people that are now trying to create something. O’Mara’s doing it too with is negative comments about going to the plant. Bogus.
It's hard to say re the plea deal. The Trayvonistas are incensed at the leniency of it, and the author here says that it's proof that the state had no case and knew it and just wanted to dispose of it in a way that would save face.
They lived like gypsies in the woods while the Martin family of false accusors and perjurors and evidence tamperers lived like kings, and yet she makes that pathetic gratuitous apology to the Martins in her interview.
I suspect that she never really understood what this was all about.
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Kristi OConnor, who has moved to Sanford Florida in order to work on a book about the George Zimmerman trial, also hinted that there was evidence that was mishandled, saying that during the sensational trial, there were so many untruths told....what the jury never heard could have led to a different verdict, she said.
This is who Shellie Zimmerman goes to for her first TV interview.
Any idea when we see the charges against the prosecution filed?
The first question is:
Has this plea deal and Shellie Zimmerman’s breakdown on ABC affected it???
Irony of ironies.
Also, George probably won't be allowed to have a gun if he chooses to live with a probationer.
The NBP are licking their chops at this news.
It appears from her interview on ABC this morning that if they are not living apart now then they soon will be — so that won’t be a problem atleast for him, and her apology to the Martins has bought her a degree of immunity from NBP retaliation.
It would be suicide for George to live with her, even if their relationship wasn’t on the rocks.
Her address will be listed with the government, as well as her hours there. She will have a curfew, and will not be allowed to travel out-of-county. She will have to appear at a government facility periodically for scheduled meetings. All of this could easily be leaked by a racist, unscrupulous government drone.
And I’m positive a condition of release is “no firearms in the house.” That’s standard procedure all over the country.
What the Letter to Lester should have been per ChipBennet at Random Topics:
To the Honorable* Judge Lester,
I sincerely regret that, during the bond hearing for the malicious prosecution of my husband, I was unaware of my legal and moral obligation to disclose to the court information that was not explicitly requested of me. I further regret that the State’s attorney, Bernie de la Rionda, displayed such unprofessional incompetence during his questioning of me regarding the financial state of my husband, that he failed to articulate questions in a manner designed to elicit explicit, objective answers.
It is with utmost contrition of heart that I admit that I did not tell this court or your Honor* the exact amount of money within a PayPal account over which I had no control, and to which I had no direct access. Again I admit my regret, in that I do not understand the decision of this court, your Honor*, and the State’s attorney not to follow through with my suggestion during my bond hearing testimony to contact the administrator of the PayPal account, my brother-in-law, Robert Zimmerman, Jr., in order to ascertain the balance of the PayPal account; but while I do not understand that decision, I accept that the decision of the court, your Honor*, and the State’s attorney represents wisdom that far exceeds my ken.
Thus, I admit that I am guilty of misleading the court, your Honor, and the State’s attorney, and I take full responsibility for my ignorance regarding the exact amount in the PayPal account. I throw myself upon the the completely just, objective, and utterly unbiased mercy of this court, your Honor*, and the State’s attorney. My utter contrition is surpassed only by my extreme gratitude that my moral turpitude in this matter did not extend so far as to claim under oath that I was a minor, or to claim that my ignorance of the PayPal account balance was due to my need to go to the hospital for medical treatment never sought, or that I didn’t say something that three other people witnessed my saying.
I am also indebted to this court, your Honor*, and the State’s attorney for allowing me the opportunity to accept this plea deal that will avoid the loss of my concealed carry weapons permit due to a felony conviction; given the constant death threats under which I and my family have been living for the past year and a half, I fear my life may depend on my ability to exercise my right to carry protection as I complete my 100 hours of community service as penance for my actions.
* Where “Honorable” means “displayed such egregious bias against my husband that you were forced by 5DCA to recuse yourself”, apparently
Ugh, that letter was pathetic.
Anyone who is forced to apologize to Mr. Guy and that rotten Corey, is in for a world of hurt.
Run for your life George, leave your old life behind, including this woman. Sorry, just the way I see it.
As bad as the letter was, her interview on ABC was worse.
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