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FBI: No racial bias in Trayvon Martin shooting
Hotair ^ | 07/13/2012 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 07/13/2012 9:40:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Discovery documents released yesterday shows that the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin shooting case has a difficult task in front of her. The presumed motive for the shooting, which defendant George Zimmerman claims was necessary to save his life, was racism. The FBI investigation ruled out that motive, NBC's Miami affiliate reports --- but that doesn't mean Zimmerman is out of the woods yet:

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The FBI found no racial bias behind George Zimmerman's shooting of Miami Gardens teen Trayvon Martin, according to dozens of documents related to the case released Thursday.

The second round of discovery documents released by prosecutors include reports from the FBI, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and State Attorney's Office as well as photos of the crime scene, aerial photos, police calls and surveillance video related to the shooting.

Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder for the killing of Martin, 17, in a Sanford gated community in February. He claims he shot Martin in self-defense.

The documents from the State Attorney’s Office include memorandums of interviews between investigators and witnesses, family members and officers who responded to the scene and worked on the case.

This may doom a second-degree murder case, in which there has to be some malice present prior to the killing. It doesn’t negate the possibility of a manslaughter charge, though, which doesn’t necessarily require a showing of malice. If the government has evidence that the use of lethal force was not a reasonable choice, Zimmerman could still be found guilty of manslaughter, as lethal force in self-defense can only be used when a reasonable person would conclude that it was the only way to save himself from death or grave bodily harm.

However, changing the charge from second-degree murder to manslaughter might be tough under the circumstances for the special prosecutor in this case. Technically, the FBI was working on a civil-rights case for the DoJ and not for the state’s special prosecutor, but the defense will certainly produce the FBI’s conclusion that racial bias played no part in the shooting during a second-degree murder trial. Having led with the second-degree charge, the special prosecutor’s credibility will be seriously undermined by the FBI report, and an attempt to shift the charge downward will undermine it even further. Unless the state has overwhelming evidence that the FBI missed, their case is in serious trouble.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: banglist; bias; georgezimmerman; race; trayvon; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 07/13/2012 9:41:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Cboldt; maggief; 2ndDivisionVet; little jeremiah; kristinn

FYI


2 posted on 07/13/2012 9:47:29 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Changing a charge during the pre-trial phase seems a little unethical to me.

Seems like the prosecution should be forced to prove the charges they so spectacularly rolled out at the outset, not adjust it to something more realistic as more evidence is introduced.

3 posted on 07/13/2012 9:51:38 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

Since the FBI has taken racial discrimination off the table, the special prosecutor will now claim that attire discrimination was the real motive —


4 posted on 07/13/2012 10:02:42 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SeekAndFind
FBI: No racial bias in Trayvon Martin shooting

BOOIIINNNGGGGG!!! The prosecution is losing ground everytime they release discovery documentation.

So far, all they are doing is proving Zimmerman's story!!

Assuming that he ends being acquitted (still a 50-50 shot, IMO! Sometime juries can surprise you), Zimmerman will be set for life after he sues the alphabets, New Black Panther Party and NBA Player's Association for all accusing him of racism. In addition, he should go after the alphabets for doctoring "evidence" trying to make the charge of racim stick!!

Whats-her-face, the prosecutor, should not be sleeping well, these days. She made a big splashy accusation on TV and, increasingly, it appears that she won't be able to prove it!!

What's that saying - "better to keep your thoughts to yourself and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and erase all doubt"??

5 posted on 07/13/2012 10:03:57 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d say he was ALREADY suffering grave bodily harm. So he didn’t just prevent it, he STOPPED it


6 posted on 07/13/2012 10:07:46 AM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I think the liberal case that is left is:

Zimmerman lied, therefore he deserves to die.


7 posted on 07/13/2012 10:08:13 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: Quickgun

AND, even blood clots in the face, head are can constitute grave bodily harm, and have caused death in more than a few cases


8 posted on 07/13/2012 10:09:45 AM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: All

Why again is the FBI involved in this case?

Do they make similar useless pronouncements in each case involving the OVERWHELMING MAJORITY of cross-racial crime, which is of course, black on white?


9 posted on 07/13/2012 10:13:48 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow! I thought I knew mt facts in this case, but I just wnet to the same story at Fox (http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/07/13/zimmerman-not-racist-fbi-report-states/) and found this:

“When asked by a dispatcher, Zimmerman said the suspect was black. His wife, Shellie, is heard in the background telling Zimmerman not to go outside to follow the suspect.”

Did everyone know that his wife was in the truck with him, or what?


10 posted on 07/13/2012 10:14:51 AM PDT by loucon
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To: hoosiermama

At least the FBI did its duty.


11 posted on 07/13/2012 10:15:21 AM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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I’m still thinking that Zimmerman will be acquitted of all charges the friday before the election. So all the feral occupants of cities will explode into riots and destruction and marshal law will be called.


12 posted on 07/13/2012 10:17:33 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: dsrtsage
I don't think the trial will even start until well after the election.

I can't help thinking that the fix is in--that no matter how much evidence comes out that supports Zimmerman's version of what happened, he'll be found guilty of something entailing a prison sentence. The judge in the case might as well be Nifong.

13 posted on 07/13/2012 10:25:37 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: loucon

Different call: The full context is:

In August 2011, Zimmerman called Sanford Police’s nonemergency line to report a man in the neighborhood who his wife thought was responsible for an earlier burglary.

“If you’ll let the officers know they typically run away quickly and I think they head to the next neighborhood over,” Zimmerman said in the call.

When asked by a dispatcher, Zimmerman said the suspect was black. His wife, Shellie, is heard in the background telling Zimmerman not to go outside to follow the suspect.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/07/13/zimmerman-not-racist-fbi-report-states/#ixzz20WaLK0u8


14 posted on 07/13/2012 10:25:58 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: dsrtsage

I’m still thinking that Zimmerman will be acquitted of all charges the friday before the election. So all the feral occupants of cities will explode into riots and destruction and marshal law will be called.

The trial won’t be held till after the election. It will then be implied that there will be riots unless he’s found guilty. Jury intimidation will be in play.


15 posted on 07/13/2012 10:34:22 AM PDT by birdsman (NAAWP)
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To: Raycpa

Thanks. I guess I was reading that too fast. It seemed like bullet points as I was reading, not connected to the preceding paragraph.


16 posted on 07/13/2012 10:36:36 AM PDT by loucon
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To: SeekAndFind
The author of this article misrepresents FL Judstifiable Use of Force statute 776.012. No mention of "reasonable person" anywhere in the statute's text, only what the person "reasonably BELIEVES". The difference is distinct.

He also fails to mention that statute 776.012 permits use of deadly force in defense of another person or to stop the imminent commission of a forcible felony (which includes aggravated assault and aggravated battery).

So, it appears that homicide charges would be unlikely to stick either given current evidence.

17 posted on 07/13/2012 10:50:18 AM PDT by Kolb (Compone Accomoda Supera)
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To: skeeter
I think the jury would be give the charge of selecting a,b,c or not guilty. If the prosecutor does not prove Second, then the jury would have the option of Man. That's the type of charge I was give on jury duty as to Trespass as there were several levels..

It was trick in the case I was in as the party had broken into the rear screen enclosure, the prosecutor was going after felony breaking into a dwelling. By definition of the law the "dewelling" had to be a covered structure. Was the screen enclosure a covered structure...

18 posted on 07/13/2012 10:53:23 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: Kolb

woops, typed “homicide” and meant “manslaughter”


19 posted on 07/13/2012 10:56:26 AM PDT by Kolb (Compone Accomoda Supera)
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To: EyeGuy

“Why again is the FBI involved in this case?”

I think the big 0 called them in.


20 posted on 07/13/2012 11:49:59 AM PDT by Western Phil
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To: SeekAndFind; Joe Brower
Anyone catch the Sharpton butt kissing Miami media coverage on this story????

It buried the "not racist" crap....instead focusing on how Zimmerman supposedly at one time slapped a girl.

Miami media sucks.

21 posted on 07/13/2012 11:51:18 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: loucon

Now I know that in this day and age of PC and DD (political correctness and dumbing down)that is SO rampant in our “educational system” and which is these days being manifested in the worst possible reporting and editing by “news personnel”, I must point out to you that the phrase you quote follows this one very closely:

“In August 2011, Zimmerman called Sanford Police’s nonemergency line to report....”

Using the Ocum’s razor approach, it would seem to me that this implies that the dialog you quoted took place in 2011, and NOT during the recent travesty.


22 posted on 07/13/2012 12:04:44 PM PDT by CanuckYank
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To: Western Phil
“Why again is the FBI involved in this case?”

...because Trayvon looked like Obama III..

23 posted on 07/13/2012 12:06:12 PM PDT by USAF80
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To: SeekAndFind

This won’t please the racists.


24 posted on 07/13/2012 12:10:56 PM PDT by crosshairs
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To: hoosiermama

I see O’Mara has moved that Lester be removed from the case for bias or appearance of bias. Good move by O’Mara.


25 posted on 07/13/2012 2:13:32 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt

Saw that. The judge should have been professional enough to keep his thoughts to himself OTOH maybe he wants off the case. It’ high profile and lots of pressure from certain people.


26 posted on 07/13/2012 3:42:10 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: SeekAndFind

No one is ever out of the woods when you have a politically motivated prosecution.


27 posted on 07/13/2012 7:07:04 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Raycpa

“I think the liberal case that is left is:

Zimmerman lied, therefore he deserves to die.”

How about, Zimmerman, who wasn’t black dared to protect himself, by using self defense, therefore he deserves to die.


28 posted on 07/14/2012 11:00:48 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: SeekAndFind

After verdict, threat of civil rights charges bump.


29 posted on 07/13/2013 9:14:54 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Won’t stop O’thugga from inciting trouble.


30 posted on 07/13/2013 9:19:40 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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