Yet another indictment of the Zimmerman indictment

April 13, 2012
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“Startlingly weak”:

The charges brought against George Zimmerman sure look like prosecutorial misconduct. The case as put forward by the prosecutor in the “affidavit of probable cause” is startlingly weak. As a former chief economist at the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I have read a number of such affidavits, and cannot recall one lacking so much relevant information. The prosecutor has most likely deliberately overcharged, hoping to intimidate Zimmerman into agreeing to a plea bargain. If this case goes to trial, Zimmerman will almost definitely be found “not guilty” on the charge of second-degree murder.

The prosecutor wasn’t required to go to the grand jury for the indictment, but the fact that she didn’t in such a high-profile case is troubling. Everyone knows how easy it is for a prosecutor to get a grand jury to indict, because only the prosecutor presents evidence. A grand-jury indictment would have provided political cover; that charges were brought without one means that the prosecutor was worried that a grand jury would not give her the indictment.

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There is no mention of the grass and wetness found on the back of Zimmerman’s shirt, the gashes on the back of his head, the bloody nose, or the other witnesses who saw Martin on top of Zimmerman, beating him, before the shot was fired. There is not even an attempt to say that the police report was in error; instead the affidavit just disregards it.

Even if everything in the affidavit is correct, it does not even begin to deal with the most crucial question: Who attacked whom? Even if it is true that “Zimmerman confronted Martin and a struggle ensued,” there may have been no wrongdoing on Zimmerman’s part. “Confronted” does not mean “provoked” or “assaulted.” It could simply mean that Zimmerman followed Martin and asked him what he was doing in the neighborhood. Surely Zimmerman had the right to investigate a strange person in his neighborhood. The police operator’s advice that “we don’t need you to do that” was merely suggestive, not an order to stop. Indeed, the police had no authority to give Zimmerman such an order.

13 Responses to Yet another indictment of the Zimmerman indictment

  1. invalid10 on April 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    I haven’t looked at this case. These show trials actually kind of bore me.

    Grandpas against Ron Paul: back in my day we elected FDR…FOUR TIMES.

  2. invalid10 on April 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Victory in Colorado in addition to Missouri last week. Paul goes to state convention with largest amount of delegates.

    Conservatives unite to block Romney’s preferred delegates

    DENVER – Two Ron Paul supporters from Southwest Colorado were elected delegates to the Republican National convention this afternoon, a development that took Mitt Romney’s Colorado campaign by surprise.

  3. invalid10 on April 13, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Paul has the majority in both Missouri and Colorado now. Romney should get no delegates.

    I don’t want Romney getting delegates in Nevada or Maryland either.

  4. invalid10 on April 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Donate money to Gingrich? He’ll rent his donor list out to telemarketers and still run a 5 million dollar debt to demand that Romney pays.

    Obviously don’t donate to fat toad.
    Gingrich Rents out his donor list

    Facing a $4.5 million-and-growing debt from his flailing campaign, Newt Gingrich is now offering to rent out his 194,000-name campaign donor list for up to $26,000, reports Politico.

    The price depends on how many names are shared, according to the article. Gingrich is charging $135 for each 1,000 names rented, and more if specific donor levels or geographic areas are targeted. Politico calculates that each time the full lists are rented, it could rake in between $19,000 and $26,000 for the campaign, after subtracting for the broker’s commission of typically 10% to 20%.

  5. invalid10 on April 13, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Paul rally in Texas gathers 10000. See pictures of massive crowd

    Romney crowds tend to be about 500 in comparison

  6. ATTILA on April 14, 2012 at 2:48 am

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  7. Aaron on April 14, 2012 at 4:26 am

    Wow, someone is still on this blog shilling for Ron Paul?

    LOL, that funny – but also a little sad.

  8. Jorge on April 14, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Is the any way to make invalid 10 go away? kinda retarded in a way

  9. MikeN on April 14, 2012 at 7:02 am

    You are forgetting that Zimmermann called the special prosecutor on her own. I believe we have only her word that she refused to talk to him without a lawyer. Perhaps she realized that she can get a plea past a confused person without proper legal advice.

  10. Stupid anti-American liberal on April 14, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Well, look it here.

    Poor little Los Angeles is teetering on bakruptcy.

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

    http://www.city-journal.org/2012/cjc0412tg.html

  11. YAWN .... on April 14, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Poli and most of his followers are too enamored with the sideshow of Zimmerman/Martin. Meanwhile, much bigger issues are occuring …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mwwT4J7qI0

  12. Gino on April 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

    The Florida shooting is a tragedy for all. If any party should be criticized, it should be the state of Florida for encouraging poorly trained yahoos to purchase and carry concealed weapons. See more at:
    http://urarubba.blogspot.com/2012/03/should-neighborhood-watch-groups-be.html?

  13. ken_phd on April 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Gono:

    “See more at:”

    Be care what you ask for. Your article mis-stated several facts of the case. That doesn’t go over well on Polipundit

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