Skip to comments.Zimmerman Defense Team Accuses Jax SAO of Withholding Evidence(FL)
Posted on 10/16/2012 5:30:39 AM PDT by marktwain
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's the case that captured national attention: the neighborhood watchman vs. the unarmed teenager. Was it self-defense or second-degree murder?
Now, just days before a big pre-trial hearing in the case against George Zimmerman, his defense team has dropped a bombshell, blasting State Attorney Angela Corey and her office. The defense says the state isn't releasing all its evidence, using words like "haphazard and cavalier" when describing the state's handling of the case.
To get a little perspective on these allegations, we went to local defense attorney, Randy Reep. He said, "That allegation is concerning because you shouldn't be, like I say, hiding the ball trying to figure out what game you're playing. We have a mutual obligation to exchange information."
He said the state is lawfully obligated to provide the defense with the evidence it's uncovered in a timely manner. However, he said it's not uncommon for the defense to have to ask for it, repeatedly. "We shouldn't have to be doing that. Particularly when the defense is having to go against the very powerful state of Florida."
Reep says intentionally withholding evidence is a serious accusation. nd it will be up to a judge to decide if the allegations are true. "If you have information and you're holding it back, particularly if you're holding it back for the purpose of prejudicing the other side, you're walking on thin ice there. And judges, typically, aren't too kind if you're caught doing that."
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Has he had the self-defense determination ruling, the one that says if he had acted per stand your ground laws, he’s innocent?
So the State is withholding evidence during discovery?
WOW! Let's see...I think that would roll into violation of due process, obstruction of justice, as well as providing evidence for least a couple RICO lawsuits down the road......
WHY does Florida have so much trouble admitting Zimmerman was doing nothing more than protecting himself from a feral child?
I don’t think so for if he had it would have made the news, especially in this town (Jax)
Yeah, but John Roberts will say it's all Constitutional because the SAO is just taxing Mr. Zimmerman.
I've read that the only injury found on the kid,other than the gunshot wound,was one to his knuckles.If true that fact,along with this picture,says "not guilty" to me.It's no more complicated than that.
They were more concerned about diffusing race riots than they were about upholding the law. Chatter inside from some in the REC say this is the case, but she was too willing to take her 15 minutes of fame by smiling and giggling through that press conference to lead me to believe even more skullduggery is at play.
The SAO here has a very long history of self aggrandizement to include railroading people for media adoration.
The smug, self-aggrandizing Ms. Corey needs to spend some time in one of Fla’s jail cells. She has put her career above a man’s life.
Ugh! What are the chances of the People ridding themselves of this ignorant twit?
Yes, it was harming Obummer’s image (anti-second amendment, black racism, show trial).
But also racist liberal propagandists have been caught slandering Zimmerman via altering tapes and evidence in an effort to deny him a fair trial via racially demonizing him. The news corporations are open to civil suits for what they have done so far.
Because until now, her actions have been anything but ethical, lawful and professional.
She received the case on March 22, filed the charges on April 10 and the election was April 19th. The filing for running against her had already long passed and she was unopposed so we are stuck with her for four more years as it stands now. I have no idea if recalls are allowed.
The local REC is very quiet about this right now and I’m sure they want it to keep under the radar until after the election but this little “bump in the road” will not allow that.
The worst case for her is to have this blow up in her face and have to absorb calls for her to resign because if he is acquitted, she will get blasted from both sides.
Heres Pam Bondis latest air kiss to trial lawyers and bankers in Florida:
6:30 pm Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
By Kimberly Miller
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Florida’s attorney general PAM BONDI has closed a high-profile investigation into alleged wrongdoing by the state’s largest foreclosure law firms with no findings.
The probes, opened by former attorney general Bill McCollum in 2010, ended not with the swiftness of a gavel falling, but in a slow fizzle of court judgments, law firm implosions and the firing of two top state investigators by Attorney General Pam Bondi.
A February Florida Supreme Court decision that upheld a ban on the state from investigating the firms under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act was the real decider, attorney general communications director Jennifer Meale said Friday.
“Accordingly, we have closed our law firm investigations and anticipate that any enforcement action will be up to the discretion of the Florida Bar,” Meale said.
The Florida Bar has maintained it only has the power to investigate individual attorneys. As of mid-August, 149 cases of attorney-related foreclosure fraud had been investigated by the Florida Bar with no disciplinary actions taken. There were 171 cases pending at that time.
Accusations against the seven law firms, which represent lenders in foreclosure cases, included taking illegal shortcuts to hasten home repossessions and filing fraudulent documents in court.
Attorney Gerald Richman, who represents the Boca Raton-based firm of Shapiro & Fishman, said having the cases closed vindicates his position that the state has no jurisdiction to investigate and that his client did nothing wrong.
“There was never any scheme or plot to injure anyone,” Richman said Friday. “They operated as lawyers and given the tremendous volume of cases they had to handle, they did an excellent job.”
Homeowners and foreclosure defense attorneys who battled the so-called “foreclosure mills” in court said they were frustrated by how the cases were handled.
Royal Palm Beach-based defense attorney Tom Ice said he was disappointed that “politics should trump the rule of law.”
“Having said that, they might as well close the cases, they weren’t doing anything to go forward with the investigations anyway,” Ice said. “Bondi fired the lead investigators and otherwise ignored the fraud committed against Florida citizens.”
Former assistant attorneys general Theresa Edwards and June Clarkson were fired in May 2011. An inspector general’s inquiry upheld the firings, saying they were dismissed because of their “poor judgment and lack of independent investigation on high-profile foreclosure mill cases.”
But the duo were responsible for the only settlement reached in the foreclosure firm investigations: a $2 million agreement with the Fort Lauderdale-based law firm of Marshall C. Watson, which admitted no wrongdoing.
“We are not surprised in the least, but are very disappointed that Florida chooses to ignore these huge problems,” Clarkson said Friday about the end of the investigations.
Hundreds of thousands of Florida homeowners have faced foreclosure since the housing market crashed and the economy crumbled. Such law firms as Shapiro & Fishman, and the Law Offices of David J. Stern in Plantation, were hired by lenders to push through cases.
Stern’s Plantation-based firm once had 1,400 employees and handled 100,000 foreclosures statewide. It closed in 2011 after it was fired by its largest clients following the state’s allegations of wrongdoing.
Stern’s attorney, Jeff Tew, said Friday he was unaware the attorney general had closed the case, but hadn’t spoken to anyone in the office for months.
“It’s one of those things that shouldn’t have happened,” said Tew, who believes the investigations were opened to boost McCollum’s campaign for governor. “Unfortunately, it put 1,400 people out of work.”
Tew said Stern has about 50 Florida Bar complaints against him, 30 of which have been decided in Stern’s favor. The others are still under review, Tew said.
The Fort Lauderdale firm of Ben-Ezra & Katz also was let go by its major clients and shut down. The other firms included in the now-closed investigations were the Florida Default Law Group in Tampa, Jacksonville’s Albertelli Law, the Law Offices of Daniel Consuegra in Tampa and Kahane & Associates in Plantation.
Palm Beach County homeowner advocate Lisa Epstein, whose grassroots effort helped uncover the robo-signing issue, said she has little faith anyone will be held accountable for foreclosure malpractice.
“As we’ve all seen, foreclosure mills have nothing to fear from the Florida Bar,” she said. “In the end, government and law enforcement on all levels has implemented a policy to bail out the banks while the people, the rule of law, the authenticity of the nation’s property records, and the integrity of our judiciary go to hell.”
Friday's hearing should be good viewing.
Is it any wonder why Republicans are having trouble winning in this state that should be solidly Republican. I wonder if Palin has any regrets in backing this bimbo for that office.
Pretty hard to decide who to prosecute, when all parties involved are almost equally guilty.
Myself, I would prefer to see everyone involved procecuted.
The “no money down” property buyers who knew damn well they couldn’t afford the McMansions they thought they could “flip” a few months or years later for insane profits.
The realtors who bought and sold through them, in yet another level of the “get rich quick scheme”.
The banks who offered the mortgages, and immediately repackaged them and sold them to investors.
The Investors who knew they were playing russian roulette with pension funds, but decided to play anyway.
The politicians who set up the whole ponzi scheme system .
Frankly, it would be much easier to identify those few who are NOT GUILTY of graft,corruption,price fixing, lies, theft, greed and everything illegal in between.
Pay US off as the injured parties in this entire debacle, and count your collective blessings that there are so many more of you than us, that it is mathematically impossible to bring you all to the justice you all richly deserve!
As for Zimmerman, he should never have been charged.
This is a blatantly unjust political trial, AKA a modern day witch hunt.
Two imperfect people encountered each other in unusual circumstances, both made a series of semi-logical choices, and one was killed by choosing to employ physical violence against another, who reacted with lethal force.