Skip to comments.Prosecutors Face Hurdles in Zimmerman Case
Posted on 04/12/2012 5:14:55 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
After an extraordinary public campaign to make an arrest in the shooting of an unarmed black teen, a Florida prosecutor came back with a murder charge in the case that has galvanized the nation for weeks.
But prosecutors face steep hurdles to win a second-degree murder conviction against neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, experts say. They will have to prove Zimmerman intentionally went after Martin instead of shooting him in self-defense, refute arguments that a Florida law empowered him to use deadly force and get past a judge's ruling at a pretrial hearing.
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Do we know for a fact whether there will be a prelimenary hearing? This is where a judge decides if there is enough evidence to support binding the case over for trial.
The fact that he was following Trayvon (at least for a time), does not necessarily show any intent to do violence.
The prosecutor kniqa damn well that Zimmerman will never be found guilty of the charge but she took the easy, cowardly way out in order to avoid black reprisals. Pass the buck!
I thought it was interesting how many times the special prosecutor said “justice for Trayvon” in the press conference. Only one reference at the end that justice for the defendant. Made me think this woman was assigned and felt she had no (safe) choice but to bring a charge (effectively punting to the Judge.)
The prosecutor “knows” damn well that Zimmerman will never be found guilty of the charge but she took the easy, cowardly way out in order to avoid black reprisals. Pass the buck!
I have read that Zimmerman had a broken nose, lacerations on the back of his head and that Martin had scuffed knuckles. I suspect that Zimmerman is trusting this (if it is all true)to show self-defense.
They don’t face any hurdle, a jury will convict to appease just like the “special” prosecutor did by bringing charges and smiling all over herself at the same time.
There will be a conviction.
Corey would not discuss how she reconciled conflicting accounts of the shooting by Zimmerman, witnesses and phone recordings that indicated Martin thought Zimmerman was following him.
"We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition. We prosecute based on the facts on any given case as well as the laws of the state of Florida," Corey said.
Let’s have a ‘fair trial’, then hang that cracker..... Sarc..
“A handful of protesters gathered outside the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, where Ms. Corey announced the charge. One of them, Linda Dawson, didn’t think the second-degree charge was strong enough.
“We’re just glad that he’s behind bars, BUT WE’RE NOT SATISFIED,” said Ms. Dawson, executive director of Hurting Families With Children In Crime, a Jacksonville nonprofit. The turnout was lighter than expected, but that was because Mr. Zimmerman was charged, Ms. Dawson said, adding, “There would’ve been a riot if they wouldn’t have arrested him.”
Aaron Brown, a civil-litigation lawyer who organized a Trayvon Martin rally last month in Jacksonville, said the case is now “justice delivered, but not yet justice served.”
Thank you for posting this. I noticed the very same things.
The 911 tapes will exonerate Zimmerman on this charge.
1. His clear intent was to alert police of the presence of a suspicious person.
2. He was following to keep him in sight.
3. Even the other phone calls on MArtin’s end shows that Zimmerman was only inquiring as to MArtin’s reason for being there.
So far, there has been NO EVIDENCE that he intended to hurt Martin.
There must be a lot more evidence out there that isn’t public because I don’t see they can come close to murder #2.
I think they are charging with 2nd degree hoping he’ll plead out to involuntary manslaughter.
There will be a pre-trial hearing and this is where the 'Stand Your Ground' law will be invoked. The judge will ask for a plea and Zimmerman will plea 'Stand Your Ground' instead of Guilty/Not guilty.
The judge will then hold a hearing where the Defense will file for Dismissal on the basis of 'Stand Your Ground' and the Prosecuters will present their evidence to the contrary (if there is any).
The judge will the rule that the shooting was justified or he will rule that there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.
If I got on the jury, it’d be an OJ thang for me....scot damn free....
Galvanized? More like polarized.
there is zero chance that a jury will unamimously convict Zimmerman of 2nd degree murder.
Zimmerman should take any plee offer and shove it up Sharpton’s back side!
In my opinion the pretrial should have been done before he was arrested.
There was zero reason to arrest this man before the pretrial.