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George Zimmerman Charged With Murder

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Posted on Apr 11, 2012
AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton listens during the news conference at which charges against her son’s killer were announced.

George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who said he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self-defense, has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Florida prosecutors announced the murder charge during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

“We did not come to this decision lightly,” State’s Attorney Angela Corey said. “Let me emphasize that we do not prosecute by public pressure or by petition,” she added.

Zimmerman, 28, turned himself in to authorities and is being held without bail. Corey, offering very few details about what led to the arrest, also refused to say where he is in custody. If convicted, Zimmerman faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Martin was unarmed when he was fatally shot in Sanford, Fla., the night of Feb. 26. His death has sparked outrage and ignited a national debate over the issue of racial profiling. —TEB

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By UreKismet, April 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment

Once the worst of the gun nuts were brought to heel, this was an easy call.  Two unwhites have a fight; one gets dead & the other prison.  What more could a good Floridian desire?

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By balkas, April 12, 2012 at 7:16 am Link to this comment

“stand your ground” may be deemed an overgeneralized utterance. as such it cannot be ever KNOWN—-it can be ‘explained’, defined, ‘reexplained’,
reworded for an eternity; leading unavoidably to bitterness, discord, anger, fear, angst, etc
such a law also privatizes governance; ie, manifestly, only trained police people shld be allowed to enjoy and carry out the SYG.
in addition, one often winds up in a bad mess when one relies on one’s feelings only in order to act, shoot s’mone, or call police because s’mone looks
suspicious to herhim.
law cannot ever be a property of any individual; the law[s] or, rather, the interpretation and execution of them, MUST be interpreted/executed by all
this means that police which executes a law must represent ALL THE PEOPLE. and so MUST the politicians.
alas, this is seldom the case in US.
the onepercent will never allow it.
so, finally, we come to the root of the problem: utter diktatorship of the ONEPERCENT or the 20%. so, expect more crime and never less just because of
this fact alone.
if you feel threatened by a person, go ahead and shoot that person dead?? ok, i am not explaining this last statement of mine or is it that of the
lawmakers or actually of the ONEPERCENT which owns 98% of america and thus has an inalienable right to run it?
ok, sure, the ONEPERCENT injects words like being reasonable about using force or deadly force. just ‘explaining’ this explanation cld last for millennia.
then we need to deal with the ‘explanation’ that SYG cuts dwn on crime. i wonder what common sense and econo-political justice is doing about the
crime? nothing, huh? is it because there really isn’t any or not enough of it because it’s the property of the ONEPERCENT?

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By IMax, April 12, 2012 at 6:15 am Link to this comment

Perhaps now we may attempt to calm the national hysteria.  Perhaps, over time, Zimmerman’s entire extended family will not fear for their very lives.

Friday last, in Florida, fourteen were gunned down (at a funeral parlor, no less) to total silence from the media and the public at large.  In the aftermath of last Friday’s incident young Mr. Zimmerman, a newly dubbed “White-Hispanic”, is currently being tortured while in custody with the decision to hold him in isolation.

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By Arouete, April 12, 2012 at 5:14 am Link to this comment

Rev. Sharpton’s face all over TV does NOT help the Martins.

Amidst the media hysteria most people miss the forest for the trees. Too few are even looking at the clearly worded law that may really be Zimmerman’s downfall and Travyon Martin’s best defense. The following at Open Salon may be of interest to you.

Please know that before publication of recent article, “TRAYVON KILLING: THE PROSECUTION CUTS TO THE CHASE!!!”

Natalie A. Jackson, Esq., founder of The Women’s Trial Group, in Orlando Florida, is co-counsel for the parents of Travon Martin and appeared a few days ago on Democracy Now. After reviewing that blog on this subject she wrote in an email to the writer that she agreed with this analysis.

The blogs posts she was referring to are MARTIN V. ZIMMERMAN: EVERYTHING YOU ‘KNOW’ABOUT SYG IS WRONG


The facts and law here seem pretty straightforward: take the statutory commands and apply them to the facts we do know and the conclusion seems inescapable: the only person with the right to assert this defense is none other than Trayvon Martin. The facts Zimmerman essentially admits to, along with the 911 tapes, may preclude him from asserting this statutory defense in good faith. Arguably this statutory defense seems utterly frivolous for Zimmerman can’t even cross the threshold.

On the other hand, all elements necessary to assert this statutory defense, every one of them, exist on Trayvon’s side such that the same statute completely vindicates him as a matter of law.

Well now. Not such a bad law after all is it? Poetic justice under the law? Amazing! This law that everyone trashes may well convict Zimmerman and it certainly exonerates Trayvon! Ergo, everything people think they know about this law is wrong. How about that. ZIMMERMAN’S SHIELD IS REALLY TRAYVON’S SWORD.

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By heterochromatic, April 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm Link to this comment

——He would never have been charged in the absence of public pressure.—-

this is probably true and even more likely, he wouldn’t have been overcharged

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By EmileZ, April 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment

It is about time.

He would never have been charged in the absence of public pressure.


Re: “The butthole is mine”

It is depressing to see that sexual assault in prison is considered acceptable by so many in this country.

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By balkas, April 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm Link to this comment

that is the least any justice system wld have done:
arrested the man and the let the courts decide his
of course, whether US jurisprudence is now or
ever had been just, is another matter.

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