Skip to comments.Will Zimmerman Have Special Hearing For Self-Defense Claim? SYG Hearing Held Before Trial
Posted on 04/25/2012 2:49:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
SANFORD, Fla. -- The lawyer for the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin said it's too soon to know it they'll claim self-defense under the Stand Your Ground law.
In Florida, if a person is charged with murder and is able to prove Stand Your Ground, then the case will never see trial, and experts said that is what they feel Zimmerman and his team will try and to prove.
Zimmerman will have a special immunity hearing before the case ever goes to trial.
At Zimmerman's bond hearing on Friday, one of the lead investigators said they did not know who started the fight between Zimmerman and Martin and that he did not have any evidence to contradict Zimmerman's story that Martin attacked him.
Veteran defense attorney and prosecutor Jeff Deen said Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, moved closer to proving self-defense under Stand Your Ground in the hearing.
"The state is at a terrible disadvantage. They never had the evidence, apparently, and they don't have any now. To have charged second-degree murder is very problematic at this point," said Deen.
Martin's family attorney said they trust special prosecutor Angela Corey.
"All of the experts, they haven't seen any evidence," said Martin family attorney Natalie Jackson. "So I would take what they say with a grain of salt."
From 2001 to 2004, Florida Department Law Enforcement statistics show the average number of justifiable homicides per year was around 12. After Stand Your Ground was passed and implemented, that average jumped to 40 or more annually in 2007 to 2010.
O'Mara said he feels Zimmerman's murder charge will be wiped away if Stand Your Ground applies.
"It's much too early. I'm not even certain [the] Stand Your Ground statue applies yet. It seems like it will have some application, but it's too premature," said O'Mara.
Yes. They will have that hearing. The Defense Atty is just not saying so now. SYG didn’t exist when I prosecuted in VA.
As for immunity from civil prosecution, I haven’t read the full statute so have no idea.
I really think we need SYG to apply so he is immune. Otherwise if his defense is “just” self defense, is he immune?
From my perspective: for justice' sake, Zimmerman needs to be exonerated NOW, damn the consequences. If riots happen, let 'em riot. A few more Trayvons need to be put down, is all.
What I’m wondering is, if he was on the ground having his head bashed in as I believe he’s going to argue, does Stand Your Ground even apply? Wouldn’t regular-old self-defense fit? I mean, you can’t very well run away if you’re being pinned, as I believe is Zimmerman’s story. The authorities should know by now the path of the bullet through Martin’s body, which along with the bloody head pics and eye witness testimony should go a long way toward settling this.
That’s pretty much my question; I think they’ll go the self defense route which it clearly was but does that limit their ability to protect themselves from civil suits if it’s not specifically argued under SYG.
“From the Obamunist perspective: They need to go ahead and exonerate Zimmerman, so the riots can occur now and not when most people are paying attention, just before the Nov election.”
No, I think he wants people to be paying attention. If this case is going to help him, it’s by playing on black voters’ emotions. Not that Obama’s been involved enough for that to be his plan. it obviously is the plan of Jackson/Sharpton and various other interested parties. But if he were, it would be for the same reason that he’s out pushing for student debt relief and why not so long ago everyone was harping about “the war on women.”
Namely, it’s for the sake of identity politics. Obama needs the female vote, the student vote, the old fogey vote, the black vote, the hispanic vote, and every other kind of vote you can think of. Therefore, it would be in his interest for riots to coincide with people paying attention to him. Most of the people who wouldn’t vote for Obama because they associate him with racial strife wouldn’t vote for Obama anyway.
Because there isn't any, Nat!
I want to know when the Florida Bar will open up an investigation on Angela Corey, that political hack/prosocutor.
I want to know if she knew about Zimmermans head wounds before she filed charges.
Maybe that’s why she is NOWHERE to be found, since the photos came out. She does not want to be questioned about her
knowledge of the photo’s.
Mrs. Corey, did you know about the Zimmerman Head Wounds before you filed charges? Yes or No?
Did you see the articles today? Seems that Zimmerman’s grandmother that helped raise him is as much of an African-American as our President. Both products of bi-racial parents......Actually laughed out loud. ZImmerman is more a son of BO then TM.
High level constituent discussion:
Let’s see...who to pit against whom, while we put the finishing touches on the next campaign for expanded revenues: black against white, or white against black? We only need to continue throttling police/court policies here and pushing them there. And don’t forget to pay the media sponsorships.
looks like Zimmerman is the one who would look like zero if zero had a son...
Thanks for the pings.
Thanks for the pings.
Hey Lucy the list might want to see my comment at 10 and Fred Nerks pictures.
BO has opened his mouth only to switch feet AGAIN! LOL
She may not have cared. The spirit of Mike Nifong lingers.
I wonder why even Reuters is now telling the “rest of the story”. I guess they got their assets handed to them. I fervently hope that this never makes it to trial, Corey is fired/disbarred or whatever, and Zimmerman sues the msm, Black Panthers, Jackson and Sharpton for gazillions of dollars.
Moran:( why not?)
Let the record show that the POSOTUS removed the defendants due process rights by commenting on the case publicly with the collusion and assistance of the Main Stream Media, siding with the deceased perpetrator, precipitating threats upon the defendants live, and removing any possibility for a fair trail.
I introduce the following “ New Black Panther Wanted Dead or Alive Poster as exhibit #1, so marked , for inspection by the court, a felonious act against the defendent yet unpunished.
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