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Prosecutor Will Not Use Grand Jury in George Zimmerman Case: Smart or Sketchy?

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Special prosecutor Angela Corey has announced that she will not use a grand jury to decide whether or not indict George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, ABC News reports. She says a grand jury will not be necessary in making the decision and assures the public, "The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case."

Analysts are calling Corey's decision "bold" and "shocking" because grand juries can be used as political cover in controversial cases. Prosecutors can shift the burden of the decision (in this case, whether or not to indict Zimmerman) onto the jury to avoid public scrutiny. Some suspect the reason she bypassed a grand jury in the George Zimmerman / Trayvon Martin case was to block racial agendas that have developed around the case in either direction. But was it the right move?


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  • C. C. Rider 2012/04/10 15:45:49 (edited)
    Smart
    C. C. Rider
    +32
    NOTICE ZIMMERMAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON 2nd DEGREE MURDER WITH NO BAIL





    Smart. She is going straight for the arrest and not waste time and our tax payers money on this racist murderer.


    zimmerman racist murderer zimmerman racist murderer

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  • Eric Haddix 2012/04/25 16:35:42
    Sketchy
    Eric Haddix
    Why not use a grand jury, unless a failure to indict is not an option? Hmmm ...
  • Valerie Howeth 2012/04/22 00:20:04
    Smart
    Valerie Howeth
    George has Bail as of today but well,I don't know
  • Denise 2012/04/13 19:26:23 (edited)
    Smart
    Denise
    Time will tell if Ms. Corey's decision to omit a grand jury is based on historical judicial practices where White folks get away with killing Black folks inspite of the evidence.
    If Ms. Corey's motive for omitting the grand jury is to allow justice to prevail based on the evidence (in a state like Florida) then her decision is a good thing.
  • gvc Denise 2012/04/14 02:59:58
    gvc
    What do you think "justice" looks like in this case?
  • BobStrauss 2012/04/13 04:48:16
    Sketchy
    BobStrauss
    +1
    She probably won't use a Jude and jury, either'
  • Thisism... BobStrauss 2012/04/14 18:42:47
  • Lena 2012/04/12 23:23:56
    Smart
    Lena
    I don't think this is a matter to be handled by a Grand Jury.
  • robbt1 2012/04/12 19:25:56
    Smart
    robbt1
    +1
    First people complain he couldn't get a fair trial due to jury prejudice... Then they remove the jury and people complain more. I just don't get it.
  • Mr. Won... robbt1 2012/04/13 15:45:05 (edited)
    Mr. Wonderful
    +1
    People can be stupid... especially right wingers, which is the screwed-up crowd of rejects that are supporting killers like Zimmerman, same clowns that hate Obama because he's black, claims he's a muslim, questions his birth certificate and all the other kook things right wingers always do. Zimmerman is there kind of cult anti hero.
  • Chi~Cat 2012/04/12 17:43:51
    Sketchy
    Chi~Cat
    +2
    Let's just bypass all judicial process. Why not, the DOJ does.
  • bettyboop 2012/04/12 16:57:08
    Sketchy
    bettyboop
    +2
    She is not liked nor trusted by me. They called in the shark for George.
  • chrystal97 2012/04/12 15:11:12
    Smart
    chrystal97
    +2
    This case would be biased in the jury's eyes. Nothing would be based on evidence. This was tried in the media, not a single person could be objective. Hopefully the judge in the case would have protection from the crazy people and their death threats.
  • PapaBC 2012/04/12 15:02:42
    Sketchy
    PapaBC
    +4
    I think a kangaroo court is coming put on for the benefit of the public. The Obama, Holder, Media and so on have already convicted Zimmerman so how can he get a fair trial?
  • Mr. Won... PapaBC 2012/04/13 22:57:34
    Mr. Wonderful
    What kind of a TRIAL did Martin get? He's six feet under all because of some a-hole gun nut wannabe Rambo like Zimmerman.
  • Thisism... PapaBC 2012/04/14 18:44:29
  • Grammar... PapaBC 2012/04/15 13:35:15
  • hrailey 2012/04/12 14:55:10
    Smart
    hrailey
    Zimmerman must go to jail to keep the peace, whether it was an accident or not. The society is bigger than one man. I don't see the need for a trial either.
  • PapaBC hrailey 2012/04/12 15:05:27
    PapaBC
    +3
    So if Zimmerman was attacked then the victum (George) must go to jail? Is this America, Russia or an islamic country ?

    Go ask Obama so he can dictate to USA.
  • hrailey PapaBC 2012/04/12 15:51:36
    hrailey
    There had been a rash of recent break-ins to homes in the gated community so he was part of a watch team. His problem was bringing a deadly weapon to his task without thinking of the consequences. If he was going to interject himself into a situation where force might be anticipated, he should have been ready for same by learning to use his hands and body. A gun is too permanent a solution, especially if you might be dealing with a teen going through a bad patch of time growing up. When you don't think, you position yourself for a tragedy that did not have to happen in this case, even assuming the kid was casing houses in the rain. People have a bad idea that guns can be used to threaten law-breakers or intimidate and scare them to stay until the police arrive, if caught. If you are not experienced or trained, DO NOT pull a gun unless you are in a life or death situation, He's lucky the kid didn't take the gun and shoot him with it. It was a situation created by an overzealous person, the Martin kid, even if in wrong should have been arrested, if allegations are true, but he had his chance to change taken away from him, by someone that should have been more mature and wise.
  • Mr. Won... PapaBC 2012/04/12 17:16:00
    Mr. Wonderful
    Typical right wing babble.
  • Grammar... Mr. Won... 2012/04/15 13:44:29
  • Mr. Won... Grammar... 2012/04/15 14:05:27
    Mr. Wonderful
    Well it is curious 99% of the noise and support from Zimmerman comes from so-called conservatives. You can check it for yourself. Just check the political leaning in the poster's bio on SoadHead.
  • Grammar... Mr. Won... 2012/04/15 16:43:06
    Grammar Freak
    But isn't that unfortunate?
    The situation regarding the death of Treyvon Martin is unfortunate.
    But the public should, in my opinion, be far more concerned with the police department's handling of the case & the issue of whether or not standing one's ground should indeed justify no further investigation or charges in a case or whether it should be used as a defense at trial.
    Regardless of political leaning, these issues are important to all of us.
    The fact that the kid is dead is sad & a pity for both families. However the situation has brought up some issues that our general society should be more concerned about... regardless of political views.

    I don't argue that one group yells this & the other group yells that. But the point is that this is a non-partisan issue in reality. It is an issue of equal treatment by law enforcement. I believe it has far more to do with class than race, on the police department's part, for sure. Our population has to be able to trust law enforcement, regardless of socioeconomic status &/or skin color. The police department left a dead kid laying on the ground without notifying his family, probing further into the story they were told, etc. Because they knew Zimmerman, they just took what he said as gospel & didn't go any further. That's not rig...


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    But isn't that unfortunate?
    The situation regarding the death of Treyvon Martin is unfortunate.
    But the public should, in my opinion, be far more concerned with the police department's handling of the case & the issue of whether or not standing one's ground should indeed justify no further investigation or charges in a case or whether it should be used as a defense at trial.
    Regardless of political leaning, these issues are important to all of us.
    The fact that the kid is dead is sad & a pity for both families. However the situation has brought up some issues that our general society should be more concerned about... regardless of political views.

    I don't argue that one group yells this & the other group yells that. But the point is that this is a non-partisan issue in reality. It is an issue of equal treatment by law enforcement. I believe it has far more to do with class than race, on the police department's part, for sure. Our population has to be able to trust law enforcement, regardless of socioeconomic status &/or skin color. The police department left a dead kid laying on the ground without notifying his family, probing further into the story they were told, etc. Because they knew Zimmerman, they just took what he said as gospel & didn't go any further. That's not right.
    Seriously, this isn't right or left.

    ...& even if you disagree, there is never anything productive about calling names & spewing hate. In fact, the only thing it does is destroy... first it destroys you & your self image, then it destroys trust in each other.
    ...this is not to mention that it makes the name-caller look incredibly foolish & juvenile.
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  • Thisism... PapaBC 2012/04/14 18:45:52
  • Mike Thisism... 2012/04/14 20:28:13
    Mike
    Dumb
  • John 2012/04/12 13:54:32 (edited)
    Sketchy
    John
    +4
    And now a desicion has been made.

    She says she wasn't pressure to make that decision? LOLOLOLOLOL! Of course she was. She was pressured by the media, the protesting mobs, the Justice Department, the race-pimps (like Sharpton and Jackson) and even by Obama himself. Gimmee a break! That was the only reason she chose to ignore the local prosecutor's decision not to prosecute. (Everything in her statement implies her prejudice (as in pre-judged). "Justice for Trevon.." How about just plain "justice" period? If it had been white-on-white or black-on-black (or black-on-white) no one would have ever even heard of the story.

    I don't know if this guy's guilty or not. (Although apparently many on this site do know. They must have a direct line to God I guess.) And if he is guilty he should get what the law says he deserves. However I don't know anything about the case other than the very slanted media snippets and their sensationalistic edited tapes and videos.

    One thing I've wondered all through this whole fiasco. Just where was Martin when he was encountered by Zimmerman? Yeah, we all know he was on his way home from the store after buying Skittles for his little sister. The media has repeated that over and over (and over). But in that residential area, just where was he exactly...

    And now a desicion has been made.

    She says she wasn't pressure to make that decision? LOLOLOLOLOL! Of course she was. She was pressured by the media, the protesting mobs, the Justice Department, the race-pimps (like Sharpton and Jackson) and even by Obama himself. Gimmee a break! That was the only reason she chose to ignore the local prosecutor's decision not to prosecute. (Everything in her statement implies her prejudice (as in pre-judged). "Justice for Trevon.." How about just plain "justice" period? If it had been white-on-white or black-on-black (or black-on-white) no one would have ever even heard of the story.

    I don't know if this guy's guilty or not. (Although apparently many on this site do know. They must have a direct line to God I guess.) And if he is guilty he should get what the law says he deserves. However I don't know anything about the case other than the very slanted media snippets and their sensationalistic edited tapes and videos.

    One thing I've wondered all through this whole fiasco. Just where was Martin when he was encountered by Zimmerman? Yeah, we all know he was on his way home from the store after buying Skittles for his little sister. The media has repeated that over and over (and over). But in that residential area, just where was he exactly when the confrontation occurred? Was he between Point-A (the store) and Point-B (home) using some kind of fairly direct route between them, or was he somewhere else not "on the way home" in that residential area when it happened? The answer to that question could be of major importance in the case.

    Pretty simple question that could easily be answered. Funny how no one has asked it yet?
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  • rugrat1411 John 2012/04/12 15:17:07
    rugrat1411
    +1
    I heard that he told his girlfriend that he was going to try and lose who ever was following him. I want to know was Trayvon shot on the ground with Z on top of him or was Tray standing over Z? To me, that is the most important question and then you could say rather it was self defence or not.
  • Thisism... John 2012/04/14 18:48:33
  • Grammar... Thisism... 2012/04/15 13:49:42
    Grammar Freak
    Of course it's relevant. There were about ten minutes between the end of the phone call & the gun shot. Who was where doing what during that time is incredibly relevant.
    You have to know what happened, what lead up to the gun being fired, in order to understand whether or not Zimmerman was justified to fear for his life... or the other way around.

    It's pretty basic to each & every criminal investigation.
  • John Thisism... 2012/04/16 14:05:27
    John
    Yes it does matter. Actually it could be very relevant. If Martin was on a fairly direct route between the store and where he was staying it would help confirm that he was simply minding his own business on his way back from the store. If however he was somewhere else in that residential area that was in no way related to coming back from the store it would beg the question just why was he walking around in the rain in that particular location at night and for what reason, which might imply him being more of a suspicious person.

    ".... Funny how you dedicate a whole paragraph to something pretty irrelevant."

    Like I said, it could be very relevant, and you can bet that question will be asked by Zimmerman's attorney.
  • Mike 2012/04/12 13:50:32
    Sketchy
    Mike
    +2
    Taking the grand jury out of the picture enabled her to make the decision. She said on the news this morning her decision was not based on the pressures of protests or petitions - yeah sure
  • Thisism... Mike 2012/04/14 18:49:06
  • Mike Thisism... 2012/04/14 20:29:41
    Mike
    I don't know please tell me liberal head sand
  • Marshal Artz 2012/04/12 12:45:22
    Smart
    Marshal Artz
    Why waste the time and money, when she can come up with the same charges, that the grand jury would. She has a good reputation, of doing the right thing. I love Prosecutors, Defense lawyers are in it for the money and I view them as being professorially trained liars.
  • Informed Voter 2012/04/12 10:53:58
    Sketchy
    Informed Voter
    +2
    Hmm... If there were indisuputable evidence that could be produced that would result in an appropriate charge in this case, a grand jury would have been formed! By not doing so, this Angela Corey is doing nothing buty playing on the emotions of case and NOT the facts of the case.

    With nothing but 24/7 coverage yesterday by the Obama-mania Media on the Trayvon Martin case (with the opportunistic publicity whore Sharpton in attendence), I see no justice for either Martin or Zimmerman. This case is the perfect cover to distract the country from addressing the travesty that is the Obama Regime!

    This case was tried in the court of public opinion from the very beginning without a shred of "UNtained" evidence. The so-called evidence produced so far is doctored or otherwise unreliable.

    When NBC ran a doctored 911 tape, all credibility went right out the window for a fair trial.
  • Mr. Won... Informe... 2012/04/13 15:49:00 (edited)
    Mr. Wonderful
    Quack! Quack! Quack
  • Informe... Mr. Won... 2012/04/14 01:26:36 (edited)
    Informed Voter
    Wow! What an exceptionally pristine example of Liberal tolerance for others' opinion (that happens to be based on facts).

    Hmm... I see you've deleted your previous personal attack and inserted something more attuned to your verbal abilities.
  • Mr. Won... Informe... 2012/04/14 01:29:24
    Mr. Wonderful
    Duh! Having opinions and sharing them is what SoadHead was made for. You're pretty slow aren'tyou skippy.
  • Informe... Mr. Won... 2012/04/14 01:49:20
    Informed Voter
    Opinions, yes... personal attacks are TOS violations... Skippy.
  • Mr. Won... Informe... 2012/04/14 03:16:08 (edited)
    Mr. Wonderful
    You mean like the personal attacks you made? Or do you automatically label everyone that has a different opinion a 'liberal'? Damn, are right wingers like you always so uptight and world class hypocrites, it's damn funny!
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