George Zimmerman Charged with Second Degree Murder in Death of Trayvon Martin … Turns Himself In to Authorities
How is justice defined in the death of Trayvon Martin? Will Justice truly be blind?
After 45 days, George Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. The incident has caused outrage and racial tensions over accusations of racial profiling on one side and the an over-zealous media and bias media that has jumped to conclusions without knowing the facts as well as putting forth to the public an edited and deceptive 9-11 audio tape presenting Zimmerman in a racist slant. Zimmerman faces a possible life in prison if convicted’ However, second degree murder under Florida law states that a killing was carried out without premeditation but with “a depraved mind regardless of human life.”
(George Zimmerman – Source: Seminole County Sheriff’s Office)
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin 45 days ago, was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday, marking a turning point in a case that has provoked nationwide debate over racial profiling.
Florida special prosecutor Angela B. Corey, who announced the charge in Jacksonville, said that “the search for justice has brought us to this moment.” Zimmerman turned himself in and was brought Wednesday evening to the Seminole County jail.
After a public campaign by the MSM and those who cried racism,managed to some how force the state prosecutor to file charges against an individual who was originally let go. However, the prosecutors have to tough road to hoe as they must prove Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin was rooted in hatred or ill will. This in the face of Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense. This is hardly a slam dunk.
Legal experts said Corey chose a tough route with the murder charge, which could send Zimmerman to prison for life if he’s convicted, over manslaughter, which usually carries 15-year prison terms and covers reckless or negligent killings.
The prosecutors must prove Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin was rooted in hatred or ill will and counter his claims that he shot Martin to protect himself while patrolling his gated community in the Orlando suburb of Sanford. Zimmerman’s lawyers would only have to prove by a preponderance of evidence – a relatively low legal standard – that he acted in self-defense at a pretrial hearing to prevent the case from going to trial.
There’s a “high likelihood it could be dismissed by the judge even before the jury gets to hear the case,” Florida defense attorney Richard Hornsby said.
Trayvon Martin’s parents have stated that, “We simply wanted an arrest,” calling it the first step to justice. Really? They only wanted an arrest, who really thinks that? It is a tragedy when ever a parent has to bury their child; however, in the death of Trayvon Martin case whether it be the bias media, the Blank Panther, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson et al, justice is only served with a guilty verdict. What happens if Zimmerman is found not guilty by the facts and the actual Florida law? Don’t forget America, Casey Anthony was found not guilty in the death of her daughter Caylee in Florida.
Mark O’Mara, George Zimmerman’s attorney told reporters that with the racial climate presently in Central Florida he does not believe his client get a fair trial. I would tend to agree. When NBC has released a bogus audio tape to the public with the intent to show that Zimmerman was profiling and acting in a racist light, when President Barack Obama interjected himself into the case saying that Trayvon Martin could have been his son, when the Black Panthers, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the rest of the race baiters who make racist a cottage industry have inflamed the public … who on Earth believes George Zimmerman could get a fair trial? Attorney General Eric Holder as also given his two cents, thus tainting any potential jury even more as he weighed in on a person level. So much for the AG keeping it just business.
“As a parent, I reacted to it,” he said. “This is a pain that no parent should have to endure. The notion of having to bury a child is something that is, I think in some ways for a parent, the ultimate pain. The primary responsibility we have in the Justice Department is to support the state in its ongoing investigation, to do our own thorough and parallel investigation which we are in the process of doing and try to resolve this matter in as fair and complete a way and as quickly as we can.”
Although I hope there is justice in this case and that the facts of the case are tried, not the politics of presumed racism as stated at Strata-Sphere, I have my doubts. We at SM cover murder cases and True Crime all of the time, not just when it has a racial component that attracted the eye of the MSM and others. Some are giving the process far too much credit. As stated at Macsmind there is much evidence that shows there could have been a self defense as claimed by George Zimmerman. Will justice truly be blind?
There is a long way to go in this trial and I would remind the public, especially those who followed the Casey Anthony murder trial, remember how jury selection went? With all of the media coverage and bias coverage of this case, how are they going to find a jury? Above the Law nails it, “Well, I guess we’re moving out of the court of public opinion, into a court of law. But if they can find 12 people in Florida who haven’t already formed an opinion, we’re really going to the court of jesters.” I harken back to the Casey Anthony case and “not guilty as sin” Better yet, with the Black Panthers putting a bounty out on George Zimmerman, how safe is a jurist going to feel if their ultimate decision is not guilty? One would have to be insane to want to be on this jury. Look for Zimmerman’s attorney to file a change of venue for the trial to maybe Mars.