Zimmerman Prosecution Devolves into a Show Trial
We should riot if Zimmerman is found guilty of anything.
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Prosecutors in the George Zimmerman murder trial want to ask jurors to consider lesser charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter because they know that they haven’t made their case on first degree murder. So they went and they said, “We want to let the jury decide,” ’cause the alternative was acquittal or first-degree murder. And the prosecution today said, “No, no, no, no, manslaughter and maybe second-degree murder — third-degree murder.” I think it was a second-degree murder charge, not first-degree. And then, to compound this — are you ready for this? — it looks like the judge is going to permit the jury to consider a charge of child abuse because Trayvon Martin was 17 years old when this happened.
The attorney for Zimmerman stood up and was beside himself. He said (paraphrasing), “They’re pulling this out of their hat. This has been buried deep. We didn’t know this was coming. We need some time to prepare for this.” The judge didn’t seem too sympathetic at all. The judge seemed more than willing for virtually anything that will convict this guy of something to happen. Now, I had a little time here, not a whole lot when this started to shake out. As best I could determine, given the time constraints I had, I’m open to being shown wrong about this, but as I checked the statute on this child abuse business, I think, in order for Zimmerman to be convicted of this in something other than a banana republic court, he would have to have known that Trayvon Martin was 17 years old.