GEORGE ZIMMERMAN CHARGED
WITH 2ND DEGREE MURDER
News breaking in the last hour…
Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation.
It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face.
From Frances Robles, Miami Herald writer, via Twitter: Source telling Miami Herald that there will be just one criminal charge filed.
Unless her investigation of the fatal shooting of Mr. Martin by a neighborhood watch coordinator, George Zimmerman, uncovers a great deal more solid evidence than has been disclosed, the case will remain a narrative Rorschach that each side will interpret as it wishes. Finding the criminal charges that can be proved beyond a reasonable doubt, or deciding that Mr. Zimmerman’s account of defending himself in the face of deadly force places him within the protections of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, Ms. Corey has undertaken an exercise that is unlikely to satisfy everyone.
“Factually, we know there was a killing,” said David LaBahn, the president of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. “Now the question is: Is it a murder, or a manslaughter, or a justifiable homicide? Is it an involuntary manslaughter? Is it an assault?”
Hannity of Fox News Channel last night, via Media Matters transcript:
HANNITY: I want to set the record straight about a couple of things. Now for a few weeks we have been pursuing an interview with Mr. Zimmerman to give him a chance to tell his side of the story. Now yesterday I was contacted by an individual that we in fact believe was George Zimmerman. He reached out to me, we spoke on the phone about his case, and I agreed not to report on the contents of that conversation. That’s it. I know nothing about his relationship with his now former attorneys.
What an unbelievable mess the Sanford Police Department created by botching this investigation from the beginning. It reminds me of another case cops blew.
I lived through the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles. In fact, I saw Nicole Brown Simpson with her children at a trendy bistro in her neighborhood several times, once when she was wearing dark sunglasses, with her face obviously puffy from crying, though that doesn’t mean this particularly time it was from the obvious assumption. I followed that trial scrupulously, as did many women I knew.
When the verdict was announced, I was at work at the LA Weekly.
Beyond my world, it was absolutely true that opinion broke down along racial lines.
We often speculated what might have happened if there hadn’t been a change of venue and Simpson was tried by his true peers, the glamorous and wealthy set that inhabited Brentwood and the ritzy neighboring.
As the Times mentions, the case could be reduced to a Rorschach.
I still maintain that without George Zimmerman’s pursuit of Trayvon Martin, with Stand Your Ground as a foundation, the young teen might not have died so needlessly.