Zimmerman Charged With 2nd Degree Murder Of Trayvon Martin

I never thought we’d see the day. Nick R. Martin of TPM:

A special prosecutor in Florida on Wednesday charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder for the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in a case that has stoked racial tensions and drawn calls for justice from seemingly every corner of the nation.

At a news conference in Florida, prosecutor Angela Corey said Zimmerman was in custody, though she declined to say where. She said the decisions to charge Zimmerman and which specific charge to bring were not easy.

“It is the search for justice for Trayvon that brought us here to this moment,” Corey said. “I can tell you that we did not come to this decision lightly.”

Well, that’s a relief. I wouldn’t want them to make the decision to charge someone with murder lightly, when all Zimmerman did was blow away an unarmed teenager against explicit instructions from the police. I mean, anyone would feel threatened by somebody wearing a hoodie and carrying Skittles. Wouldn’t you? [/bitter snark]

The laws in this country are verging on insane. Some of the police are, too. But in this case, the police started out doing the right thing, instructing Zimmerman to back off and wait for them. At that point, neither the law nor law enforcement personnel were insane; that came later. Zimmerman, however, decided to take the law into his own hands, and it’s been all downhill since then.

Will we see justice? Even after we have a verdict, there will be disagreement on that question. Zimmerman at least will be tried. Trayvon Martin never had the chance.

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  • L’Enfant de la Haute Mer  On Thursday April 12, 2012 at 12:35 am

    lawyers dropped case citing lack of contact (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-04-10/zimmerman-lawyers-quit-trayvon/54161488/1)
    Prosecute the killer of our son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin/ 2,259,035 SignaturesQ

    • Steve  On Thursday April 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

      Thanks, Enfant. If I understand correctly, Zimmerman dropped his lawyers, not the other way around. He also talked to the media, never a smart thing to do if you are liable to go to court over something.

      As for the petition, yes, of course I signed it. Trying Zimmerman is the least our society can do. If there were extenuating circumstances, they will come out and be considered at trial.

      Nothing will bring Trayvon back. The closest we can come to justice is to bring Zimmerman to trial… and take a long, hard look at the so-called “Stand Your Ground” law. Zimmerman was apparently told by police on the phone to wait for them… but instead, according to evidence, pursued Martin. A law that encourages self-help in place of police intervention is not a good law.

  • Shaun Downey  On Thursday April 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

    The authorities took their time over this. It was clearly an unlawful illig and Zomerman should have faced charges from te start.

    • Steve  On Thursday April 12, 2012 at 8:16 am

      That is my feeling as well, Shaun, but there is no accounting for the outlook of small-town police in America in matters perceived as racially charged. The problem could be described as being over 200 years old, and I don’t have much hope of a real solution. We muddle through as best we can.

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