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Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:50 PM

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:54 PM

I haven't indulged myself in this case much...aside from random pieces here or there...........but it seems like the mainstream media is doing what ever it takes to get people to fight amongst themselves and not look up to the real threats to humanity...

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:37 AM

It looks as if Zimmerman will be going to trial in June as he has waived his right to a pretrial hearing on the issue of Florida's "stand your ground" law - expect a four- to six-week trial that gets underway June 10.

George Zimmerman has waived his right to a pretrial hearing over whether he should be acquitted of murder charges under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who's charged with second-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, said Tuesday in court that he did not want the preliminary hearing, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The surprising move by Zimmerman's legal team means the controversial case will go straight to trial in early June.

Zimmerman had the right under Florida's 7-year-old "stand your ground" law to argue to the judge in a special hearing without a jury that he's immune from both civil and criminal prosecution. The law, versions of which are on the books in 20 states, says people who have a reasonable belief their lives are in danger in a public place can harm an attacker without first attempting to retreat.

The 29-year-old says he acted in self defense when Martin attacked him on Feb. 26, 2012. Prosecutors say Zimmerman profiled Martin, pursuing him around the neighborhood, and then confronting and killing him with his gun.

Jose Baez, an Orlando area defense attorney who worked on the Casey Anthony trial, said he thinks the decision to pass up the immunity hearing means Zimmerman's attorneys are going for an "all or nothing" defense and don't want to show their hand too early.

"The defense doesn't want to give the prosecution a preview of its defense should they lose on the 'stand your ground' hearing when it comes trial time," theorized Baez. "Obviously, a prosecutor would be much better prepared after he's had his shot to cross examine Mr. Zimmerman. He can only get better at it the more he does it."

But the choice to forgo the hearing means that even if Zimmerman is acquitted of charges in trial, he can still face civil prosecution. Martin's parents have already won a civil settlement in excess of $1 million from Zimmerman's homeowners' association.

Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, said he may still argue that his client deserves immunity under the law in the full trial. The lawyers argue that Zimmerman was acting in self defense and could not be convicted on murder charges even without the "stand your ground" law.

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:00 PM

Some of the reasons for waiving pre-trial hearing.

"O’Mara’s recommendation for Zimmerman indicates that his case may have been difficult to win in a pre-trial hearing. Had Zimmerman lost his pre-trial hearing, he would have already been deemed guilty by a judge going into his trial hearing. If that were to occur, Zimmerman would no longer have the legal advantage of being innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof would have shifted from prosecutors to O’Mara, who would then have to absolve a client that is already presumed guilty."

"Had Zimmerman taken advantage of his immunity hearing, he and his legal team would only have had to present their self-defense case to a judge instead of a full jury. Zimmerman reviewed his case with his legal team and believes he can be successfully acquitted of the murder charges through a standard trial."

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