Selasa, 10 April 2012

Update - Zimmerman charged with second degree murder. Trayvon Martin case gets stranger and stranger....... the potential for this to be a major clusterfuck in florida has gone up about 4 levels over the past few days....

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
“It is the search for justice for Trayvon that has brought us to this moment,” state attorney Corey said.
Corey also had a message for those who have been rushing to judgment on the case.
“You cannot know what it’s like to launch this type of investigation and come to this conclusion,” State Attorney Angela Corey said during the press conference. ”We don’t prosecute by public pressure or petition. We prosecute cases on the relevant facts of each case and on the laws of the state of Florida.”
Corey said both of Martin’s parents, Sybryna Fulton and Tracy Martin, have been notified of the charges and arrest of Zimmerman. Corey said Zimmerman was in custody in Florida and that the charge carries no bond initially.
Multiple reports said that Zimmerman is being held in Orange County.
Corey said that the decision didn’t take a long time, despite it more than 40 days since the original crime was committted.
“It didn’t take long,” Corey said. “Remember, the prosecutor’s burden is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. We have numerous homicides where immediate arrests are not made. We have to have a reasonable certainty for conviction before we file charges.”
Under Florida law, second degree murder is the unlawful killing of a person when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind, regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual. The maximum sentence for the crime is life in prison.
Corey said the decision to charge Zimmerman was made last week. She said Seminole County officials have worked with her office to set up the courts for coming hearings.
State Attorney Corey lauded her staff saying she had the best staff in the country and that the case “is a lot like the difficult cases we have handled in this district,” and that “we did not come to this decision lightly.”
Corey also chided the release of evidence in the Trayvon Martin case.
“So much information got released on this case that should have never been released,” Corey said of Trayvon Martin’s shooting
Governor Rick Scott asked for calm after the second-degree murder charge was announced.
“This matter is now in the hands of the judicial system and I am confident justice will prevail.  As the process continues, it is critical that we be patient and allow the proceedings to move forward in a fair and transparent manner.  I thank State Attorney Angela Corey for her diligence in conducting a thorough investigation.  We will all continue to look for answers to the Trayvon Martin tragedy.”
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi released a statement saying she had full confidence in the charges.
“When I worked with Governor Scott to appoint State Attorney Angela Corey to the case involving Trayvon Martin, I did so with the full confidence that a swift and thorough investigation would be conducted,” Bondi said in her statement. “Today, State Attorney Corey’s decision to press charges against George Zimmerman for the shooting of  Trayvon demonstrates Corey’s commitment to bringing justice to Trayvon’s family and allowing due process for Zimmerman.”
Zimmerman has reportedly hired Mark O’Mara, a well-known Orlando attorney for his defense, according to multiple media reports. O’Mara had served as legal analyst for Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG.
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Infowars source confirms: Zimmerman will not be arrested, nor prosecuted for homicide

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April 10, 2012
SANFORD, FL – The public is currently awaiting a decision from Florida’s courts on whether or not neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman will be charged for firing the fatal shot that killed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Mainline pundits even agree now that if Zimmerman were to arrested for first degree murder or even a lesser charge - it would have already happened by now.
It’s also clear that even if he were to face a criminal trial, both the media and certain left-leaning politicians’ stellar performances to date have all but guaranteed that a Geroge Zimmerman hearing would likely decend into an embarrassing OJ Simpson-style circus, and make it more complicated to assemble Zimmerman a ‘politically correct’ jury of his peers.
Special Florida prosecutor Angela Corey stated to the media on Monday that she would notbring the Zimmerman case before a Grand Jury, opting instead to further investigate the case and review evidence. According to theWashington Post:
“Judge Corey previously told CNN she has never used a grand jury to decide on charges in a justifiable homicide case…
“We do a thorough investigation. We make that decision ourselves,” she told the network.

Readers should also note that under Florida law, only a first-degree murder case may be presented before a Grand Jury, which would mean that extraordinary circumstances would have to come into play for Zimmerman’s case to go that far.
An Infowars source inside the Central Florida courts system, and close to the prosecutor’s office – intimated to this reporter that, indeed, Zimmerman’s case has already been deemed to be “too tough a sell for a Grand Jury”, and to expect a ‘surprise announcement’ after the special prosecutor has finished reviewing the case, possibly an announcement of a new hearing concerning the state’s laws.
Our sources explained that a new Grand Jury could very well be used at a later date, “in order to move the conversation away from the media’s current focus on race, towards a legal discussion regarding self-defense laws”.
Instead of a homicide charge, we can expect that “Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law will be revisited, at which time it looks like that the law may move in the direction of ‘retreat first’ if faced with a similar situation (as George Zimmerman).”
One of the other reasons Infowars was told that “race” may fall by the wayside in the Zimmerman case is because of an alleged soon-to-be-released report dating back to one year ago, detailing George Zimmerman’s pivotal role in helping to achieve justice for an older homeless black man in Sanford who was beaten up by a local policeman’s son, followed by a cover-up of the incident. Zimmerman went to multiple black churches in the area to seek help for the victim, and that Zimmerman’s efforts culminated in the eventual arrest of the assailant.
Apparently, information on this story has been readily available, but for whatever reason, the mainstream media has declined to follow-up on it.
In addition to the a review of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, the case could be used as a political springboard for other more exotic election year issues – such as 2nd Ammendment Rights and gun control.
More updates on this story are expected throughout the week.


Angela Corey to present new information in Trayvon Martin case

Teen shot dead in Sanford by neighborhood watch leader

Published On: Apr 10 2012 08:17:15 PM EDT  Updated On: Apr 10 2012 08:57:25 PM EDT
State Attorney Angela Corey scales of justice court
State Attorney Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case, announced on Tuesday night that she will hold a news conference sometime within the next three days.
In a memo from her office, Corey said she will release new information regarding the investigation into Martin's death, but no specifics were provided.
The media will be notified three hours in advance of the news conference as to when and where it will be held -- either Jacksonville or Sanford.
Reporters and other media members covering the news conference will need a valid driver’s license to attend, the memo said.
Martin, 17, was shot dead in late February by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader in Sanford who reported Martin to police as a suspicious person.
Zimmerman claims he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him and beat him up.
Zimmerman's attorneys stepped down Tuesday, saying they've lost contact with him.  Martin's family responded by saying they're worried Zimmerman won't be found.

ORLANDO, Fla. (CBSMiami) – In a surreal press conference Tuesday evening, George Zimmerman’s lawyers said they are withdrawing as his defense council because of lack of communication from their client.
Zimmerman’s lawyers Hal Uhrig and Craig Sonner said they lost track of Zimmerman on Sunday when he stopped returning their calls.
“I know his phone works, but he’s not returning my text messages or my calls,” Sonner said

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