Shapiro: Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict shines troubling light on prosecutor’s decision-makingSubmitted by Barracuda_Trader on Sun, 07/14/2013 - 07:38
Shapiro: Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict shines troubling light on prosecutor’s decision-making
Now, the debate begins about whether the Zimmerman case may go down as one of the most meritless and politically motivated prosecutions in history. And the fallout on the strets of America remains to be seen.
Ironically, during its own presentation, the State actually made a case for the defense.
A key witness called by the State who saw the confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin surprised prosecutors when he implied that Martin was actually the attacker.
One police interrogator who was expected to implicate Zimmerman instead testified that the defendant did not appear to demonstrate ill will, hatred or spite toward the alleged victim. Ill will, hatred and spite are the elements required under Florida law to secure a second-degree murder conviction. Once prosecutors realized they couldn’t prove any of those elements, they asked the judge if they could add the lesser manslaughter charge.
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