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George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder: Fair or Foul?

SodaHead News 2012/04/12 13:00:00
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It took prosecutors a month and a half to charge George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, but Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey announced the charge on Wednesday, just days after dismissing the grand jury. He's being charged with second-degree murder, and could face life in prison. This doesn't mean he's guilty, but it does mean he's in prison for the time being.

Zimmerman arrived at the Polk Correctional Facility in Florida Wednesday night after the 28-year-old surrendered to law enforcement. Lawyers on both sides of the case anticipate a long and arduous trial. Zimmerman's new lawyers says he is "not concerned about [Zimmerman's] mental well-being" and expects "justice in the end." Martin's mother just wants to "ask him if there were another way that he could have settled the confrontation." Do you think the charges against George Zimmerman sound fair -- or foul?

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  • Harriet Tubman 2012/04/12 16:03:16 (edited)
    Foul
    Harriet Tubman
    +66
    Prosecutor will have to get all twelve jurors to vote to convict to get this silly murder charge upheld. She knows that is hopeless. The charge carries some lesser homicide charges as "included lesser charges" (like manslaughter) which they can compromise on. The hope would be that by asking for murder 2, they can get Zimmerman to agree to accept something like negligent homicide. If he does, he is being gullible, for they can never get twelve Floridians to agree he is culpable. Even if they get an all black jury, getting twelve of us to agree he did not have the right to defend himself just because his attacker is black would be very unlikely. Too many of us have had family or friends who have been attacked by young men like Trayvon. Having worked with victims of abuse for many years, my sympathy for the victim of the attack (Zimmerman) far outweighs my identification as a Florida black.

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  • kojorep... Mr. Won... 2012/04/18 18:26:49
    kojoreport.com
    Well, just replying to Fire & Ice. I wrote that we in Canada are different. No weapons and I do feel safer. However, I would not walk into a bad area alone and at night. There are not many bad areas however,. our population is smaller to so we are in controlled environment. China has 1.2 billion and they have lesser crime with canada and usa put together. In Fact they say that America has more criminals. What is with that? I feel maybe it is a survival thing. If you can't get a job to make money you do other things that are against the law.
  • Mr. Won... kojorep... 2012/04/18 23:08:36 (edited)
    Mr. Wonderful
    +2
    The irony is there are an estimated 400,000,000 registered guns in the United States with untold hundreds of millions more that never were registered. One word for that. Sick.

    Odd, in Canada it is a similar culture, many shared dreams, hopes, yet the murder rate in the United WITH ALL THE DAMN GUNS is about a 100 times higher. Obviously you don't have to have a ton of brinks fall on you to realize all those guns cause crime, they don't do a damn thing to prevent it regardless how much huffing, puffing and like line a-holes the NRA and other gun nuts always do.
  • Fire&Ice Mr. Won... 2012/04/19 00:04:58
    Fire&Ice
    +1
    Since when did repeat offenders start using legally licensed firearms during the commission of their crimes?
  • TruXter Fire&Ice 2012/04/19 02:24:59 (edited)
    TruXter
    +1
    Ignore "Mr Wonderful" it's a troll.
  • Fire&Ice TruXter 2012/04/19 02:35:37
    Fire&Ice
    Troll poop.
  • Mr. Won... TruXter 2012/04/19 03:22:00
  • Mr. Won... Fire&Ice 2012/04/19 03:21:41
    Mr. Wonderful
    +1
    I guess you're too big a dope to know that most criminals get their guns by stealing them from gun nuts like you. Am I going too fast for you?
  • Fire&Ice Mr. Won... 2012/04/19 12:07:36
    Fire&Ice
    +1
    Hell, all they have to do these days is get on Holder & 0bozo's preferred list.
  • annie 2012/04/17 22:57:56
    Foul
    annie
    +1
    I live here and all the things being said. I would think that DNA on their hands the trajectory of bullet. Gun resuide will help figure some of this out. I don't believe it was racially modivated. And the press using old pictures of both and 911 call. All the misinformation.
  • jon 2012/04/17 22:55:46
    Fair
    jon
    How the hell would any of us know for certain, I was not there --- where you??
    So we will see what really come out of this mess.
  • SoCal71 2012/04/17 20:59:10
    Fair
    SoCal71
    +1
    No one knows what happened on that night except for the eye witnesses, police and of course George Zimmerman. Everything else is hearsay and speculation except for the slander and libelous remarks made against the character of Zimmerman. Which is probably the reason people are taking sides.

    The left wing media has been caught with their hands in the racism cookie jar at a time when Americans are tired of the "race card" being played for everything. It may have worked 20 years ago with O.J., but it ain't going to work this time. In fact the race card is being abused more than government entitlements! :) It's over. There is plenty of blame going around from black leaders and black racist hate mongers, yet no accountability for how this could have happened. Liberals are purely and simply retarded when it comes to assumptions and facts. This case proves it. It screams it!

    The bottom line and at the end of the day a 17 year old boy is dead and the family deserves an answer to what happened. They ARE entitled to that information, just as any one of us would be. Whether Zimmerman is justified for killing the teenager or not, justice needs to and will prevail. Even if that means acquitting Zimmerman on all charges.
  • jubil8 ... SoCal71 2012/04/17 22:00:13
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    How about the libelous remarks against Trayvon's character? And HE can't speak for himself anymore. Ever.

    You're right that his family deserves to know what happened. I hope the outcome will bring some closure for them so they can go on with their lives and Trayvon can RIP.
  • SoCal71 jubil8 ... 2012/04/18 00:29:14 (edited)
    SoCal71
    +2
    Now that's funny... Do you even know what libelous means? At no time was that boy slandered by the media as Zimmerman has been.

    You must be referring to the non-liberal news outlets who have been reporting FACTS about Martin. You know the opposite of libelous. Martin's problems in school, the theft, his suspension, the negativity with twitter accounts (the screen names and his posts) etc... you know all that stuff that completely contradicts the angelic portrait the liberal media outlets have painted of this 'poor little innocent teenager', who was just getting a bag of skittles.The courts will decide the outcome of this case not racist, left wing liberals.

    I think you are confusing facts with biased opinions. You must be a liberal.
  • Mr. Won... SoCal71 2012/04/18 01:03:19
    Mr. Wonderful
    +3
    The only bias is coming from the far right loons that want to build a statue for Zimmerman and honor him for killing another "black thug". Everyone knows anyone black walking home with candy and a can of ice tea is a thug and up to no good. .
  • SoCal71 Mr. Won... 2012/04/18 01:07:26
    SoCal71
    +5
    Youtube comments don't count as media outlets, nice try though.
  • Mr. Won... SoCal71 2012/04/18 02:54:51
    Mr. Wonderful
    +4
    So why are you running your mouth on SoadHead, virtually the same thing?
  • SoCal71 Mr. Won... 2012/04/18 03:10:41
    SoCal71
    +2
    I'm sorry, were you in a motorcycle accident? Did you hit your head on a really hard surface? I would love to be able to communicate with you, but sadly I can not comprehend stupid. You should go back to MSNBC and grab someone who at the most has an elementary school education so they can help you figure out what I said. Best of luck to you!
  • Mr. Won... SoCal71 2012/04/18 04:28:12
    Mr. Wonderful
    +3
    You can't comprehend anything. Period.
  • hazel Mr. Won... 2012/04/18 20:20:40
    hazel
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
  • TruXter Mr. Won... 2012/04/19 02:26:58
    TruXter
    What race is the guy you see in that picture up there ?
  • Mr. Won... SoCal71 2012/04/19 03:24:43
    Mr. Wonderful
    +1
    Oh please... Martin is "guility" of being a typical teen. Zimmerman is guility of taking an innocent life. Not even close, of course gun nuts love to play with their guns... as Zimmerman proved.
  • Mr. Won... SoCal71 2012/04/18 00:59:40
    Mr. Wonderful
    +3
    Character of Zimmerman, that's a hoot. He's the actual punk.
  • SoCal71 Mr. Won... 2012/04/18 01:08:10
    SoCal71
    +1
    The real hoot will be the "Not Guilty" verdict when this is all said and done! Take care!
  • Mr. Won... SoCal71 2012/04/18 02:55:10
    Mr. Wonderful
    +3
    Fat change.
  • SoCal71 Mr. Won... 2012/04/18 03:12:24
    SoCal71
    If the law is "fat change" then you are 100% correct.
  • hazel Mr. Won... 2012/04/18 20:22:51
    hazel
    question ,Were you there the night this terrible tragedy happened ?? you seem to know exactly what happened
  • YFN 2012/04/17 20:55:54
    Fair
    YFN
    +1
    I hope justice is served for Trayvon
  • Fire&Ice YFN 2012/04/18 13:20:12
    Fire&Ice
    Already has been. He should have just Skittled on down the road instead of attacking someone for making a phone call.
  • TruXter Fire&Ice 2012/04/19 02:30:20
    TruXter
    +1
    Shouldn't have been out after 2 am at the age of 17.
    Shouldn't have been suspended for pot.
    Shouldn't have told his freind to meet him up the road on his twitter account. Or they would have a much tougher case against Zimmerman.

    This whole case is a sick racist scam, about a guy who isn't even the same race as what they hyped him up to be (to get the edgy racists on the edge of their seats).
  • Fire&Ice TruXter 2012/04/19 02:51:03
    Fire&Ice
    Actually, the shooting occurred at approx. 7:15 PM.

    Tracy Martin got hooked up with attorney, Benjamin Crump down in Miami and he's the one who called Sharpton and the circus was ON.
  • Mr. Won... TruXter 2012/04/19 03:25:51
    Mr. Wonderful
    +1
    You shouldn't keep making a fool of yourself, but I guess you can't help yourself. Common for right wingers.
  • jujunme TruXter 2012/05/30 20:32:56
    jujunme
    Get the facts straight the shooting wasn't at 2am it was 7:15 PM
    suspended for pot??? wow! what a criminal. what should have happened to good ole Zim when he assaulted a police officer,slapped around his girlfriend who put a restraining order on him ? and was charged with harassment in some bar incident until Daddy got the charges squashed.And get off your Twitter evidence, it's as ludicrous as the rest of your statements. A "racist scam",idiotically false except for the racist word. you and Zimmerman fit that role to a tee
  • lonePatriot67 2012/04/17 20:55:28
    Foul
    lonePatriot67
    somewhat foul i have a thinking it will be like the OJ trial part 2 justice should be blind based on facts but with the cameras in the court room is a two edge sword i think cameras should be allowed to point as long it does not become a circus but with the talking bimbos on CNN they blow everything out of kilter
  • Shadow_Wolf 2012/04/17 20:35:49
    Fair
    Shadow_Wolf
    +2
    Should have gotten first degree, but whateves. You do the crime you do the time. Nothing more nothing less.
  • Splashfairy 2012/04/17 18:54:13
    Foul
    Splashfairy
    Best he'll get is a manslaughter conviction....so much ado about nothing.
  • jubil8 ... Splashf... 2012/04/17 22:01:11
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    Manslaughter is nothing? I hope you're not in law enforcement.
  • aneed2know Splashf... 2012/04/18 06:56:14
    aneed2know
    +1
    so if it was your child would it still be nothing?
  • TruXter 2012/04/17 17:01:06 (edited)
    Foul
    TruXter
    +1
    If you fast forward this video to 3:30 you will see that Zimmerman stopper pursuit and was knocking on a door after being told to stop pursuit.







    Saying that Zimmerman followed the kid any further, is a straight up lie and purely speculation.

    Zimmerman will get falsely sentenced for a PR stunt someone is pulling.

    If you have a response and it is not consistent with what I stated and the video I used for reference, your response will be ignored.
  • dekecds TruXter 2012/04/17 17:34:47
    dekecds
    What's a coon? Isn't he saying goons? Are they the same? How is this racist, is that what we call black people now days?
  • Fire&Ice dekecds 2012/04/17 18:44:51
    Fire&Ice
    That part of the audio was electronically messed with and other voice analysis experts have suggested he is saying "It's F*****g cold".

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