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Treyvan Martin Case Update: Zimmerman No Longer Seeks Immunity Under “Stand Your Ground” Law Prepares For Trial

George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case update: Why Zimmerman’s lawyers abandoned the immunity hearing

Pre-trial immunity hearing
In shocking move, Zimmerman elects to skip immunity hearing that could have ended trial if ti found him to have acted according to Stand Your Ground law….Elects to go to trial instead.

ZIMMERMAN DEFENSE TEAM BACKS OUT OF IMMUNITY HEARING: IS THIS A SIGN?

Zimmerman’s defense team was due to have a pre-trial hearing where they argued there case that he should be immune from prosecution under Florida’s  stand your ground law next month.  His defense team has scrapped those plans in effort to better prepare for the actual trial which begins in June.  Zimmerman’s defense team would still be able to pursue the stand your ground defense if they chose to do so, it just won’t offer the immunity it would have if his defense team had been prepared.   Zimmerman has still plead “not guilty” and maintains that he shot Treyvan Martin in self defense for fear of his life.

Treyvan Martin would have turned 18 in February had he not been tragically killed a year ago.

WILL THEY BE PREPARED NEXT TIME?

lt will be interesting to see what happens by June, to me his defense teams failure to have been fully prepared and then canceling the pre-trial hearing which would have established his immunity from the actual trial based on the “Stand Your Ground” law in Florida.  What little we have seen or heard from him or about the trial in general hasn’t come across as being very appealing in the way it presents him to the public.

Defense Team May Have Caught Break With Witness:

If this weren’t enough excitement, Zimmerman’s defense team will finally be able to question the girl who was on the phone with Martin, following her statement that she did not attend his service due to being hospitalized for trauma proven to be false.  This dishonesty could discredit any testimony she would give and potentially will disqualify her as a witness.

 

Judge Checks Zimmerman: Bail Revoked & Ordered Back To Jail!

George Zimmerman Ordered Back to Jail in Travyon Martin Case.

A judge recently ordered George Zimmerman to turn himself in to authorities after revoking his bail.  It appears that this came as a result of the large sum of money that Zimmerman had raised via the internet for his defense.  According to authorities they have a recording between Zimmerman and his wife discussing moving this sum of money from a PayPal account to a different account.  Zimmerman is now at trial for 2nd degree murder, for the tragic incident that resulted in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.  The circumstances surrounding this case caught the nation by storm, captivating audiences from coast to coast, especially the long gap between the incident and Zimmerman’s arrest.

Personally, I look at his bail being revoked as karma finally working its way back into the universe.  His free pass of over a month, before even being arrested, seems more than enough.  This whole case from start to finish has taken on the subtle overtones of a Ringling production, I keep waiting for the bearded lady to make her cameo, or shake hands with those who smell of cabbage.  Zimmerman was in hiding for an undisclosed length of time prior to being arrested under the auspices of it being for his own safety.  Strangely enough, he appears to have gone into hiding so well that his original lawyers lost contact with him.  Regardless of whether it was for his own safety or not, I would imagine that Zimmerman’s innate ability to channel Houdini would be cause enough to make the judge feel sketchy regarding his flight risk.  Combine his inner ninja with a very successful internet campaign to raise money for his defense, (the sum of which is uncertain to the best of my knowledge), and it would be a safe bet, he in fact does pose a flight risk.

Im going to go ahead and be honest about the fact it is extremely hard for me to stay unbiased on this case.  Many of the issues which I see to be central to the case, such as racism, beaurocratic incompetence and injustice, in addition to combatting them are very central to my beliefs.  Despite my first urge to demonize Zimmerman like a Jehova Witness going door to door during football season, without at least attempting to look at all the facts.  Even when looking at everything as objectively as possible, from a different point of view, I cant help but reach the same conclusion.

Regardless of all the media hype, or intense rhetoric surrounding the case from both sides, my belief is that he should have been tried for a lesser crime.  I feel that he 100% is responsible for what happened that night and needs to be held accountable.  If he would have followed the directions of law enforcement, he never could have come into harms way, even if harms way is a 17 yr old skittle toting madman.  His life and his property were not in jeapordy as the situation was described to police, he fulfilled his duty by notifying the proper authorities of “suspicious” activity.  By his desire to be there when the police arrived and “busted” the bad guy (again, 17 yr old skittle toting mad-man), he exhibited something more than someone just trying to do their civic duty.  George Zimmerman wanted to be a hero that night, but like many a man who set out to be a hero; things didn’t go his way (*allegedly).

George Zimmerman’s quest to be a hero, appears to have followed much the same path as his predecessor, Don Quixote, nothing but mishap.  Whether the loss of life included any sense of malice or pre-meditation, is for a jury to decide, but I think that there is at bare minimum a solid case for a variety of manslaughter charges to successfully be prosecuted.  Even if the death was purely accidental, he is still responsible for pulling out the gun and pulling the trigger.  Unfortunately, after the Johannes Mehserle case in Oakland, I don’t have very much faith in the justice system working out in favor of its namesake; especially when young African-American males are concerned.

Also, I really can’t stand the current treatment given the young victim by the media in all this.  After becoming a martyr through the early reports of the crime, things have come full circle.  Currently, it is much more likely to hear young Martin’s character be dragged through the mud, than to hear him spoken of as an innocent victim.  I remember hearing recently that Trayvon Martin’s toxicology screening was made public…Not only do I see this as being pointless, I feel like it has become character assassination upon someone who has absolutely no opportunity to defend themselves.  For all I’m concerned (for all anyone should be for that matter)  this kid could have smoked like he was on tour with Ice T. or Cypress Hill.  What he does on his free time holds absolutely zero relevance on the events that followed.  He could have lit up directly in front of the neighborhood watch and it wouldn’t matter.  Zimmerman was not designated, or trained to follow him, nor does he hold any official title which would require him to do so.  He was somebody attempting to be a good Samaritan, and things went wrong, good intentions do NOT excuse what followed.

It just makes me really sad that there are people out there who for whatever reason will never be able to look at this young man as a victim, regardless of the evidence.  Trayvon Martin’s right to stand HIS ground is rarely spoken of, the NRA isn’t spinning it as if he would have lived if he had been packing.  No its Zimmerman and HIS right to stand his ground….even if the ground hes standing is moving apparently…  Are we really scared of black youth to such a degree these days?  To where peoples first reaction is to shoot first and ask questions later? (even the police)  Each and every negative aspect about his character will be more than enough for bigotry to hammer another nail into the coffin.  This whole spin that perhaps Martin was a drug dealer is so ludicrous I mean seriously people; how many scary pot dealers or smokers do you know?  Allowing the report that the 17 year old kid had marijuana in his system to dominate or taint the conversation, provides only a temporary distraction to the real issues;

Having been 17 once, I can assure you, the people who did not have THC in their system at one point or another at my school were the exception and not the rule.  Does that mean that any one of my classmates deserved to be shot and killed as they walked home from a 7-11 by a self-appointed neighborhood vigilante?  I should hope not.  I’m not making any judgements about Zimmerman’s character or intentions, he just exercised poor judgement, resulting in the death of an innocent kid and he’s gonna have to pay the piper sooner or later.  It appears the judge agrees with me about the sooner part…

Heres some more of my commentary on this sad soap opera;

Trayvon Marin/ Emmitt Till:

Breaking News:

Prequel:

George Zimmerman: Neighbourhood says it was in fear before Trayvon Martin shooting

 

A neighborhood watch sign attached to a door.
A neighborhood watch sign attached to a door. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite this (if it is even entirely accurate something to which I have doubts with all the blame the victim stuff going on), I still feel that Zimmerman needs to serve time for the death of the unarmed Treyvan Martin. He was not LEGALLY appointed to any legitimate/recognized neighborhood watch affiliation. He did not undergo special training to infer whether someone was guilty of anything other than looking suspicious, didn’t take any special training period, other than that required to receive his concealed firearm permit…. He escalated the situation which led to the death of an unarmed person and he should have to serve time. Just as someone who is negligent with their driving would be held accountable through vehicular manslaughter if it resulted in the death of someone (accidental or not). Zimmerman should at the very least be held accountable for manslaughter due to the tragic result of his decision to disregard law enforcement, and take the law into his own hands.

National Post | News

SANFORD, Florida — A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009.

The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law’s dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.

“Don’t use pepper spray,” he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. “It’ll take two or three seconds to take effect, but a quarter second for the dog to jump you,” he said.

“Get a gun.”

[np-related]

That November, the Zimmermans completed firearms training at a local lodge and received concealed-weapons gun permits. In early December, another source close to them told Reuters, the couple bought…

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‘Overcharging’ George Zimmerman?

Unfortunately I am inclined to believe this. I have the sinking feeling that they will fail to prove sufficient intent and in some way he will get off the hook. I feel like they really have a slam dunk manslaughter case, and I am all for them pursuing a higher charge, but with the caveat that it does not gamble away the possibility of Zimmerman serving ANY time in jail. Kinda rings a bell, eerily similar to somebody else we all know. I sorta feel like I’m repeating myself. la-la-la- (maybe if I just cover my ears it will all go away). All we can do is continue to watch and hope to ensure that justice is done.

Anderson Cooper 360

Without a grand jury, Florida state prosecutor Angela Corey determined the second-degree murder charge for Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman. Some believe this is another instance of Corey zealously overcharging as she has done in the past .

CNN’s Gary Tuchman looks at another controversial case involving Corey and charges she issued against a 12-year-old boy. Cristian Fernandez is being tried as an adult on a first-degree murder charge for the death of his 2-year-old brother. He’s the youngest person in Florida to be charged as an adult for murder.

When first imprisoned, he was placed in solitary confinement in an adult jail before a judge agreed to move him to a juvenile facility. If convicted, he will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

When asked about the decision, Corey said, “We want the public to understand at this point we have no choice” She also believes it’s necessary…

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Breaking News Regarding Treyvan Martin Case.

Recent Developments: Now Its A Slam Dunk Case!, Or Am I Wrong?

I am borrowing this one from a handsome devil across the web.

I feel like I must be missing something from the whole Treyvan Martin affair.  My “spidey-sense” has kicked in making me aware to the fact something isn’t right here.  Lately it feels like the media has been asking the wrong questions  Im sure that the latest news from ABC-7 (http://bit.ly/HHYCp4 ) is going to bolster the spirits of people in the Zimmerman camp.  Apparently there now exists video evidence showing that he had some sort of markings on the back of his head.My response to that….SO EFFIN WHAT.

His face could be so overly swollen colored black and blue to the point of being painful to me, it doesn’t matter.  The fact that he suffered minor injuries during the course of an altercation which he had every opportunity to avoid, if he so desired due to a reasonable fear for his safety.  In fact, the operator on his call to police explicitly told him to do so, to stay in his car and leave the rest to police.  Instead, he continued to follow Martin, further escalating the situation to a point where it could reasonably be inferred that a confrontation could ensue.  A possibility he had already planned for by bringing a gun, just in case. Whether Martin struck him or not is inconsiquential.  It doesn’t matter.

How can you claim self-defense and play the victim when you took a role upon yourself which you had no qualifications for; when you, followed and pursued him.  Treyvan did not pursue and harass you Zimmerman, it was the other way around. What I would like to know is; at what point does Treyvan Martin’s right to self defense come into question?  Or how long would it take you, the reader, to strike out at an unknown man (who outweighs you and is much older than you) as he follows you without your consent?  Me personally, I dont think that it would have took too long.  At some point I would have had to stand my ground.