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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Zimmerman Charged with 2nd Degree Murder--Turns Himself In

The Florida Special Prosecutor has charged George Zimmerman with second degree (i.e., unpremeditated) murder. Zimmerman has reportedly already turned himself in to authorities. From Fox News:
Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is being charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose death ignited nationwide protests.

Special prosecutor Angela Corey says that the 28-year-old Zimmerman is in custody, but wouldn't say where for his safety. She said that he will be in court within 24 hours.

Defense attorney Mark O'Mara, Zimmerman's new lawyer, said that Zimmerman will plead not guilty to the murder charge. O'Mara also said he is "hoping that the community will calm down."

Corey says that authorities did not come to the decision lightly, nor was it based on public pressure. She wouldn't disclose other details of her investigation, saying: "That's why we try cases in court."

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Corey said the decision to bring charges was based on the facts and the law, declaring: "We do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition."
Of course not. That's why, under public pressure, a special prosecutor was appointed by the State over a case where local authorities had previously decided to not prosecute. 
 
Well, having filed charges, the issue now is whether prosecutors can pressure Zimmerman to accept a plea deal for manslaughter (which is probably the most the evidence would support anyway) rather than risk going to court and possibly be convicted for murder. And there is still the Federal civil rights investigation....

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