The George Zimmerman Trial Legalities
As you know, George Zimmerman, turned himself into authorities in Florida and has appeared in front of judge and has been charged with 2nd degree murder of Trayvon Martin. But before everyone calms down and returns to their everyday life, like the OJ Simpson case, this will be tried in the public opinion as the trial begins in late May.
Yet, ALREADY, prominent attorney's, both prosecutors and defenders, share a common thread of agreement about the information the DA filed to prosecute him. That is, the charge of 2nd degree murder will not hold unless there is more. The information filed by the DA was threadbare of facts, which are generally included to support the charge. Some think, the DA, who is up for re-election in Florida, is doing a public relations bit, knowing full well, if nothing is done, she will not get re-elected. DA's frequently over charge for a crime when evidence is less than good in order to negotiate a lesser charge in a deal, such as, manslaughter. Florida's law on self defense complicates this further because the DA has to prove that Zimmerman did not have just reason to think his life was in danger, which is not easy.
The DA has said no racial slurs were used. It is not a hate crime as the media and others have been pounding away at for 40 days. Florida is a very open discovery state, where both sides exchange evidence. It is not a crime to call one an "asshole" or "punk", in fact, all races use there terms frequently. The whole case stems on the what happened "just before" the struggle began, who did what first. The DA has a problem because there are no witnesses to that, only during the struggle and some time before it. Did Trayvon instigate it by confronting Zimmerman or did Zimmerman make first contact? We know what happened after this and slightly before it. It is only a short period of time- seconds, but crucial seconds as to who started the physical contact.
Many legal experts think the DA does NOT have a slam dunk case at all and the defense actually has it easier because much of the evidence has been in the public arena for some time and unless the DA has evidence they have not disclosed (any eyewitness to the encounter) some legal experts think Zimmerman might get an acquittal for lack of proof.