Skip to comments.George Zimmerman: Self-defense hearing could dismiss death charge
Posted on 04/12/2012 5:17:42 AM PDT by spacejunkie2001
George Zimmerman can ask to have the second-degree-murder charge against him dropped without having to stand trial in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Two years ago, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that anyone claiming "stand your ground" immunity in a death, battery or assault case can request a hearing on the evidence.
The hearing allows the prosecution and defense to argue all the elements of self-defense in the case evidence. To get charges dismissed, the accused must convince the judge that a reasonable person would believe that using deadly force or the threat of deadly force was the only way to protect his or her life, court records show.
The state's "stand your ground" law passed in 2005 says:
"A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."
In its Dec. 16, 2010, ruling, the state Supreme Court stated that defendants claiming self-defense are entitled to evidentiary hearings to argue that the evidence in their cases proves they had the right to protect themselves.
The most recent of these hearings in Orlando failed.
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In the R King case the prosecution filed charges the evidence didn't support. It was nothing more than a show trial, they never intended to convict the cops.
The trial was moved to Simi Valley so the not guilty verdict could be blamed on Republican Racism.
The not guilty verdict gave the left the excuse they needed for the orchestrated race riots that followed the not guilty verdict of the cops.
They are doing the same thing here.
Creating an excuse for race riots.
I agree with almost all of your post.
Exception. “One indisputable fact is that a person is dead as a result of contact instigated by Zimmerman.”
To the extent we know what happened, Zimmerman followed him at a distance. He may have wanted to initiate contact but apparently failed to get close enough.
Martin apparently chose to approach and speak to Zimmerman, which means he is the one who initiated contact. Many claim that Martin attacked Zimmerman without direct provocation. I don’t think there is sufficient evidence to make this assumption at this point.
But it does seem to be clear that Martin chose to approach Zimmerman and confront him at least verbally, from his girlfriend’s testimony.
This is all about political manipulation to sacrifice Zimmerman in a political show trial that puts the Communists to shame.
Zimmerman's only hope is that the government gets their hand picked judge, and he turns on them, and/or several very cunning nullification jurors.
There will be several trials.
Mustangman: you just demonstrated that you know nothing whatever about this case. None of what you just said is true, including '911'.
Also: try to stop using ellipses mid-sentence. It makes you sound like an emo serial-killer.
Is that Doofer Dumbutt?
Which for most is just an excuse to steal.
The judge will never dismiss the charges in Fl. for fear of his own hide. The case will go to a jury, probably not of his(Zimmerman’s) peers, but with enough “minorities” on it to insure a conviction.
You don't seriously believe Romney can beat Obama, do you?
We can. But 'they' can count on this rabbit...and many others...shooting back.
So we still do not know as fact which person initiated contact. Following someone is not against the law.
its not what the law says that matters. Now it’s all about the appeasement of the liberal lynch mob.
Face it Angela Corey is a Republican, appointed by Florida’s republican governor and she charged zimmerman with 2nd degree murder.
if Zimmerman tries this and its a lib judge they’ll deny it. and if its a RINO judge they’ll do the same.
Of course even if Zimmerman walks the DoJ will be waiting in the wings with federal civil rights charges. They are not going to let him get away.
On March 3, 2011, King was stopped by Los Angeles police for driving erratically.
He was issued a citation for driving with an expired license.
On July 12, 2011, King was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Ol' Rodney must be a zombie.
What the jury nullification proponents never seem to realize is that it is a two-edged sword.
The OJ jurors practiced it, as did the jury in To Kill a Mockingbird. If the evidence is as is presently out there, the Zimmerman jury might have to do so in order to convict.
Conviction of an obviously innocent man because you dislike his politics or skin color is just as much jury nullification as is acquittal of a guilty one because you approve of his politics.
That's exactly why it only takes a few people to start a full scale riot.
A few start the riot and others jump in for the fun.
News media then creates the spin as to the cause of the riot.
Most people don't remember, but one of the guys that hit Reginal Denny in the head with the brick said he didn't know anything about the not guilty verdict when he started rioting, and that was pretty much ground zero for the riot.
The LA riots were planned in advance, the not guilty verdict was just an excuse.
I’ve heard it said -
crowds are kinda fun, until the first window gets broken and the authorities do nothing about it.
NBC convicted him.
He was found guilty before a trial.
“George...you now know why the 911 operator suggested that you not follow Trayvon....but, you found out too late....much too late.”
Are you saying that, after the 911 operator told Zimmerman, “we don’t need you to do that”, and Zimmerman said, “OK”, that Zimmerman continued to follow Trayvon? My understanding is that Zimmerman maintains that he at that point returned to his vehicle.