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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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  • C. C. R... aneed2know 2012/04/13 10:15:52
    C. C. Rider
    +1
    Sickening isn't it? But then again when isn't she?
  • aneed2know C. C. R... 2012/04/17 04:38:25
  • La 2012/04/10 23:17:24
  • Primiti... La 2012/04/11 01:31:07
    Primitive Christian
    +1
    You are confusing a grand jury (who in some jurisdictions are necessary to indict for specific charges) with a trial jury (which determines guilt) A suspect doesn't get to choose whether a grand jury hears a motion for indictment. An indicted individual can in most cases choose between a trial by jury or trial by magistrate.
  • La Primiti... 2012/04/12 01:12:21
    La
    +1
    Oh...okay :/ We don't have such a thing as a grand jury here. We just have a constitutional right to a trial by a jury of our peers, but they can opt out and have a trial by judge if they want.
  • P. Sturm 2012/04/10 23:09:08
    Smart
    P. Sturm
    +1
    And get a change of venue to where people haven't heard about it every night on the news, ............, like Tierra del Fuego.
  • Sylmkael 2012/04/10 22:59:34
    Sketchy
    Sylmkael
    +3
    It is a 'controversial case'. Would have been wise
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/04/10 22:33:15
    Smart
    TimothyBrianFoley
    +1
    you are better off thrwoing the book on him or have him dead like bin laden saddam and qaddafi bin laden qaddafi hussien the last one replace that with george zimmerman justin bieber place him with lady gaga robert pattinson kristen stewart justin timberlake britney spears lindsay lohan and katy perry george zimmerman is a terrorist the others are train wrecks not going to kill you trayvon martin's life is lost george zimmerman is who to get after.
  • Portholus 2012/04/10 22:29:08
    Smart
    Portholus
    +2
    The trial is going to happen. You can have the grand jury but it will be hard to assemble one given the turmoil around the subject so the prosecutor is just cutting past that turmoil and heading straight to the trial.
  • Georgia50 2012/04/10 22:20:18
    Smart
    Georgia50
    +1
    I have no idea, not having the facts in front of me that are at her disposal.
  • Pablo Georgia50 2012/04/11 03:02:05
    Pablo
    +1
    Oh, no ? Hell, the whole freakin' world has the facts, why not you? They all but convicted this guy. Unfortunately, it would be very bad and sad for our justice system to convict him just because many people think he's guilty.......no trial....just go directly to go, collect $200, and go directly to jail.
  • Georgia50 Pablo 2012/04/11 22:26:29
    Georgia50
    +1
    No one but GZ knows exactly what happened that night. I refuse to draw a conclusion until I see the facts. If he did the crime, string him up. If not, he goes free. It's that simple.
  • Pablo Georgia50 2012/04/14 02:10:37
    Pablo
    +1
    In normal process, a trial is in order. Hopefully, all the facts will be presented and the evidence will make its appearance. When someone dies in this manner, I believe a trial is necessary.
  • Pat 2012/04/10 22:14:54
    Sketchy
    Pat
    +2
    Wouldn't more citizen participation at every step of the process for this incident be an important goal?

    I'd think involving a grand jury would make the proceedings more legit.
  • dawn 2012/04/10 22:14:38
    Smart
    dawn
    +4
    The general public has been tainted by the false reporting of the media practically calling for a lynching of
    George Zimmerman and canonizing Trayvon Martin!
  • lee 2012/04/10 22:12:00
    Smart
    lee
    +1
    pretty sure this means she has enough to issue a warrant...

    so, where IS IT!

    ISSUE THE WARRANT ALREADY!!!!!
  • Bunk11 2012/04/10 22:09:53
    Sketchy
    Bunk11
    +3
    This whole case stinks to high heaven. The media are deliberately (by their own admission) slanting the story. Suppose the evidence suggests there should be no indictment? Expect riots. So she'll have to indict him on something. Then good luck finding an unbiased jury.
  • 3052457 Bunk11 2012/04/10 23:35:21
  • Eliot Loney 2012/04/10 22:02:47
    Smart
    Eliot Loney
    +2
    Not guilty so who needs a trial.
  • teigan Eliot L... 2012/04/11 05:58:41
    teigan
    You have all of the evidence?
  • deepthinker 2012/04/10 21:15:35
    Smart
    deepthinker
    +3
    Public opinion is too hot. Tempers are flaring. Would be difficult to get a fair evaluation of the facts at this time. She isn't refusing to prosecute if that is called for, just to by-pass some of the present drama. Definitely a smart move.
  • srini 2012/04/10 21:10:52
    Smart
    srini
    +1
    Corey knows the simple fact: Sharpton shows up, the one he claims to represent was clearly in the wrong--this case needs dismissal ASAP!
  • evangelism_vision 2012/04/10 20:56:42 (edited)
    Smart
    evangelism_vision
    +5
    *****************************...


    EXCUSE ME EVERYONE BUT DO YOU ALL NOT KNOW THAT ALL OVER THIS COUNTRY, BLACK PEOPLE ARE KILLED ALL THE TIME......



    WHY HAVE THE DEMOCRATS CHOSE TO MAKE THIS INCIDENT A FOCAL POINT?





    I KNOW WHY.................. SMOKE AND MIRRORS ...............DISTRACTION..





    OBAMA DOES NOT WANT YOU THINKING OF HIS RECORD BECAUSE HE HAS NOTHING TO RUN ON.



    THE ECONOMY A TOTAL DISGRACE



    GAS PRICES AND DENYING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE



    HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT



    FAST AND FURIOUS ILLEGAL GUNS TO THE MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL



    FAILED HOUSING MARKET



    MASS CLOSINGS OF BUSINESSES ALL OVER THE U.S.





    THIS IS WHAT OBAMA DOES NOT WANT YOU THINKING ABOUT AND THIS LIST IS NOT EVEN A SCRATCH ON THE TOP
  • fayette evangel... 2012/04/11 02:22:10
    fayette
    Can't you let your hatred of the President cool for a moment? Eight years of a certain republican president got the USA into its present predicament. How easy it is to overlook that little tidbit. Meantime you should examine your soul. A human being is dead because another human being would not heed the words of a dispatcher aking him to back off and wait for real law enforcement. Zimmerman wanted to kill someone and he did. You can smoke and mirror that all you want, but the truth is out there.
  • evangel... fayette 2012/04/11 02:29:49
    evangelism_vision
    I DON'T HATE OBAMA.... NEVER DID BUT AS ONE WHO HAS SERVED MY COUNTRY, I HATE WHAT HE HAS DONE TO THE COUNTRY I LOVE AND THROUGH MY ART I HAVE AND WILL CONTINUE MY WAR ON LIBERALISM, DEMOCRATS AND OBAMA
  • evangel... evangel... 2012/04/11 02:29:58
  • gvc fayette 2012/04/12 20:58:03
    gvc
    Kind of hypocritical to ask someone to dial back their hatred and then spew your own.
    Who are you to pass judgment on Zimmerman? Were you there?
  • William... evangel... 2012/04/11 02:47:10
    William Weber
    What does this HAVE to do with the president of the USA.
  • evangel... William... 2012/04/11 02:58:25
    evangelism_vision
    VERY SIMPLE:

    WHO WAS THE ONES THAT HAVE CAUSED SO MUCH CRAP OVER WHAT HAPPENED? The Democrat Party! NAACP, Black Panthers all support Obama



    SMOKE AND SCREENS TO GET PEOPLE'S MIND OFF OF THE REAL ISSUES WHICH IS?


    OBAMA'S CRAPPY RECORD AS PRESIDENT
  • evangel... evangel... 2012/04/11 02:59:08
  • William... evangel... 2012/04/11 12:06:20
    William Weber
    Yes, its a TOTAL conspiracy, isn't it?
  • Margaret Jacobson 2012/04/10 20:49:23
    Smart
    Margaret Jacobson
    now let's see what transpires???
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/04/10 20:46:51
    Smart
    Rebel [SHP]
    +1
    She ignoring the biased judging of the the people....and going to find out what really happened. Smart move. Maybe we'll find out if Zimmerman is actually guilty....or not. Innocent until proven guilty, remember???
  • Vitalani 2012/04/10 20:34:57
    Smart
    Vitalani
    +1
    There was no way he'd get a fair trial with a jury. Too much media coverage and bias surrounding this issue. Surely most people they could get for a jury would have already made up their minds about Zimmerman. And that would not be fair.
  • fayette Vitalani 2012/04/11 01:59:41
    fayette
    You have already made up your mind right? You speak of fairness, I would suggest he be given the same degree of fairness that Trayvon was given. Seems fair to me.
  • Vitalani fayette 2012/04/11 02:02:02
    Vitalani
    I have made up my mind that I don't know what happened.
    Niether do you. You have no information on whether or not what happened that night was fair to anyone. Innocent until proven guilty. I'll wait.
  • OneLastWord 2012/04/10 20:33:39 (edited)
    Smart
    OneLastWord
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    Saturday, April 7, 2012

    _____________________________...


    _____________________________...
    April 6, 2012, 7:05 pm

    NBC Fires Producer of Misleading Zimmerman Tape

    By BRIAN STELTER

    NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the production of a misleading segment about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.

    The person was fired on Thursday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the disciplinary action who declined to be identified discussing internal company matters. They also declined to name the fired producer. A spokeswoman for NBC News declined to comment.

    The action came in the wake of an internal investigation by NBC News into the production of the segment, which strung together audio clips in such a way that made George Zimmerman’s shooting of Mr. Martin sound racially motivated. Ever since the Feb. 26 shooting, there has been a continuing debate about whether race was a factor in the incident.

    The segment in question was shown on the “Today” show on March 27. It included audio of Mr. Zimmerman saying, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”

    But Mr. Zimmerman’s comments had been taken grossly out of context by NBC. On the phone with a 911 dispatcher, he actually said of Mr. Martin, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or ...











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    Saturday, April 7, 2012

    _____________________________...


    _____________________________...
    April 6, 2012, 7:05 pm

    NBC Fires Producer of Misleading Zimmerman Tape

    By BRIAN STELTER

    NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the production of a misleading segment about the Trayvon Martin case in Florida.

    The person was fired on Thursday, according to two people with direct knowledge of the disciplinary action who declined to be identified discussing internal company matters. They also declined to name the fired producer. A spokeswoman for NBC News declined to comment.

    The action came in the wake of an internal investigation by NBC News into the production of the segment, which strung together audio clips in such a way that made George Zimmerman’s shooting of Mr. Martin sound racially motivated. Ever since the Feb. 26 shooting, there has been a continuing debate about whether race was a factor in the incident.

    The segment in question was shown on the “Today” show on March 27. It included audio of Mr. Zimmerman saying, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.”

    But Mr. Zimmerman’s comments had been taken grossly out of context by NBC. On the phone with a 911 dispatcher, he actually said of Mr. Martin, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.” Then the dispatcher asked, “O.K., and this guy — is he white, black or Hispanic?” Only then did Mr. Zimmerman say, “He looks black.”

    The editing of the segment was initially noticed by NewsBusters, an arm of the Media Research Center, a conservative media monitoring group. On March 31, NBC told The Washington Post that it would investigate.

    Inside NBC, there was shock that the segment had been broadcast. Citing an anonymous network executive, Reuters reported that “the ‘Today’ show’s editorial control policies — which include a script editor, senior producer oversight and in most cases legal and standards department reviews of material to be broadcast — missed the selective editing of the call.”

    On April 4, the network news division said in a statement that it deeply regretted the “error made in the production process.”

    “We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers,” the network said.

    It did not specify what steps it would take. But one day later it dismissed a Miami-based producer who had worked at NBC for several years.

    The people with direct knowledge of the firing characterized the misleading edit as a mistake, not a purposeful act.
    (more)
  • bob OneLast... 2012/04/11 06:25:00
    bob
    +1
    When NBC became aware of a mistake made in editing a tape (maybe incompetence, maybe maliciousness),they found the person responsible and, after investigation, fired that person.

    I'd say they did exactly what needed to be done.
  • MomaCat 2012/04/10 20:30:33
    Smart
    MomaCat
    the guy has been tried without evidence in the media already. He cannot get a fair trial, not even before a grand jury. A change of venue cannot apply in this case, therefore this was the correct decision. There is still a lot of evidence to support his self-defense plea. He may not even be arrested, we have to let law enforcement do their jobs.
  • I. Car Rus 2012/04/10 20:16:11
    Sketchy
    I. Car Rus
    Obfuscation.

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