All of you who have been demanding Zimmerman’s arrest can finally breathe a sign of relief, he has been charged with second degree murder:
A Florida neighbourhood watch volunteer has been charged with second-degree murder over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
George Zimmerman turned himself in on Wednesday and is now in custody, special prosecutor Angela Corey said.
“Today we filed an information charging George Zimmerman with murder in the second degree,” Ms Corey told reporters.
“I can tell you we did not come to this decision lightly. Let me emphasise that we do not prosecute by public pressure or petition,” Ms Corey added, in a reference to the intense media scrutiny that has surrounded the case in recent weeks.
I wonder if Corey is being less than honest as I’m assuming the charges had, at least, something to do with the public outcry. Let’s face it, the chances of an LA Riot occurring in Florida if Zimmerman wasn’t charged was pretty high. With that said I fully admit that I have no grounds for my claim nor am I claiming that to be the sole reason Zimmerman has been charged. As I’ve been stating we really need to just put the evidence available before a jury.
My fear that a fair trial may be impossible considering the strong emotions felt by the public regarding this case still hold. It could make Corey’s career if she successfully prosecutes Zimmerman because nothing builds a career like ruling in favor of public opinion in a high profile case. Furthermore, if Zimmerman is ruled innocent it will likely lead to violence as people unhappy with the verdict, those demanding Zimmerman be lynched, lash out. From what I can see it’s in the best interests of everybody besides Zimmerman to rule him guilty. This all depends on the evidence presented through as Zimmerman may very well be guilty as hell.
The coverage of this case is likely to be phenomenal so should remain well informed as things unroll. In fact this case as the potential of being the next O. J. Simpson trial (although I hope it isn’t, that coverage was just insane).