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Zimmerman Charged With 2nd Degree Murder – Why?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Tom-C, Apr 12, 2012.

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  1. Tom-C

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    Special prosecutor Angela Corey charged George Zimmerman with 2nd Degree murder. Why did she do that?
    1. She really believes he is guilty?
    2. Room to plead?
    3. No chance he can get convicted with the evidence?
    4. Politics?
     
  2. mortablunt

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    Well, Neighborhood Watch is not authorized to engage, that's one thing. And he called the Police and they advised him to obverse and let them handle it- that's another. Third, Stand Your Ground does not apply if you go and provoke a confrontation yourself. Fourth and finally, a minor was shot to death.
     
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    If it is across the line – sorry, my intention is that (to me) this is a straight up self-defense issue. Imminent fear of great bodily harm. So why go all the way to Second-Degree?
     
  4. Owen Sparks

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    Because of public pressure.
     
  5. CoRoMo

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    Florida's 2nd degree murder charge REQUIRES that the defendant "acted according to a “depraved mind” without regard for human life".
    I'm extremely interested in what facts the prosecutor has that affirm this requirement. It is certainly information that we do not seem to have at this point.
     
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    Florida Jury Instructions for a Second Degree Murder Case

    Note if you go to the main page it mentions self defense instructions as being under review (and other areas).

    http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/jury_instructions/instructions.shtml

    http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/jury_instructions/chapters/chapter7/p2c7s7.4.rtf
     
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    That would then mean that nobody can legitimately be charged with 2DM in Florida, but I'm sure it happens.

    The defendant's own testimony, for instance, can prove that he acted in this manner.
     
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    I to have wondered if the "outside influences" contributed to the charges filed. Do something or watch your city burn kinda thing.

    The autopsy should bring out more facts and maybe the prosecutor already knows what the results are?

    Let us all hope justice will be served once all the facts are in.

    It did present a poor showing by some of the network news MSN channels editing the 911 tape to get the most out of an already emotional situation.
     
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    Back to the 'WHY' question about the charges.

    It recently came out that Zimmerman, while in hiding, placed a call to, and spoke directly with Angela Corey. As utterly stupid an action this is, that phone call conversation could contain the primary evidence as to why Corey informed the charge against Zimmerman.
     
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    But zimmerman created the situation.

    Syg doesn't protect you when you initiate a problem THEN shoot someone!

    *swyped from the evo so excuse any typos*
     
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    I'm hoping the judge tosses the case before it goes to trial. The Florida law is clear and all the evidence seems to support his claim that he acted in self defence.

    I was surprised the DA did not take the case to the GJ and have them fail to indict. This would have been the best way to defuse the politiaclly charged situation.

    ....perhaps the DA is planning to run for VP.
     
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    Why the special prosecutor did what she did is something that only she can answer.

    The question calls for pure speculation.
     
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    I thought it was said that she refused to speak with him?
     
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    We will reopen the thread in ST&T for discussion within specified guidelines.
     
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