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Zimmerman Judge Lets Jury Consider Manslaughter

From CBS News and the Associated Press:

Judge Rules Jury Can Consider Manslaughter Charge In Zimmerman Trial

July 11, 2013

SANFORD, Fla. (CBS Tampa/AP) — Prosecutors in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial want to ask jurors to consider lesser charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Prosecutors said they would ask that the lesser charges be included as they hammer out of jury instructions on Thursday. Prosecutors are also seeking a child abuse charge against Zimmerman since Trayvon Martin was 17 at the time of his death.

And never mind that Mr. Zimmerman’s lawyers cannot defend against either of these new ‘charges,’ since they have rested.

Zimmerman’s attorney strongly objected to the prosecution’s proposal that third-degree murder be included in the jury instructions.

Defense attorney Don West on Thursday called the proposal “outrageous,” given that it is premised on the idea that Zimmerman committed child abuse since Martin was underage when he was fatally shot. “Oh my God. Just when I thought this case couldn’t get any more bizarre,” West said.

West questioned how Zimmerman could be charged with child abuse while Martin was on top of Zimmerman “pummeling him.”

Picker of nits. You are not allowed to defend yourself from children. No matter how much bigger they are than you.

Judge Debra Nelson said Thursday she would allow jurors to consider manslaughter. Arguments on third-degree murder had yet to be made…

This should be grounds for an appeal, right there. Not that we want to see Mr. Zimmerman be dragged through the courts one more time.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Zimmerman Judge Lets Jury Consider Manslaughter”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    So, any port in a storm, eh?

    (can’t type further, Steve would boot me)

  2. untrainable says:

    So they get to the end of the trial and the judge introduces new charges? Talk about triple jeopardy. Why don’t they just blindfold the jurors, spin them around and point them at the law library with pins in hand. They won’t stop until they find this guy guilty of SOMETHING.

    The “rule of law” used to mean something in this country. But with the current (Obama) culture and the influence that race has within our government, justice has been crushed into just a word. It means nothing now. If Zimmerman is convicted of anything it will be that he isn’t brown enough to be innocent.

    • electraglide says:

      “justice has been crushed into just a word”

      A word that means “Redistribution”

  3. Noyzmakr says:

    What I find outrageous is the fact that the jury will not be told what are the punishments for these lesser charges. So they may comprimise with a biased member and think they are giving a slap on the wrist when in fact manslaughter could get this innocent man 20 years.

    The whole thing is on the road to appeal anyway because this judge is way out in left field.

  4. Petronius says:

    From the spaghetti tactics school of legal practice — throw everything at the wall and hope some of it sticks.

  5. River0 says:

    We’re well on our way to becoming a banana republic like the Left’s much-admired Venezuela and Cuba. But hey, they’ve got great health care!

    How about Eric Holder’s Justice Dept. financing Al Sharpton’s trip to Florida to arrange for ‘public’ protests?


    This is your future, you brain-dead “low information voters”. Elections have real-world consequences.

    • GetBackJack says:

      If … and it ‘s a big If … the Zimmerman jurors find the man Guilty, there’e enough evidence of misconduct, foul play, legal shenanigans and judicial interference for 25 appeals and Overturnings.

      maybe that’s what everyone is hoping for. Convict him on a trumped up charge thrown in the mix at the last moment, let it go to Appeal and make someone else set him free.

      These jurors have to be scared for their lives.

      Not scared of Hispanics, or White Hispanics.

      Scared of Blacks. Because when it comes right down to it, the Black Community has proven themselves the very image of self-restraint.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Trayvon Martin Obama, “We be pleased”.
      Burn baby, burn!

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