The Miami Herald reports that the Sanford police wanted to charge George Zimmerman with some form of homicide or manslaughter in the Trayvon Martin case, but were overruled by the state’s attorney.
Asked to confirm that the police recommended a manslaughter charge, special prosecutor Angela Corey said: “I don’t know about that, but as far as the process I can tell you that the police went to the state attorney with a capias request, meaning: ‘We’re through with our investigation and here it is for you.’ The state attorney impaneled a grand jury, but before anything else could be done, the governor stepped in and asked us to pick it up in mid-stream.”
A capias is a request for charges to be filed.
The Seminole County State Attorney’s Office declined to comment on whether its prosecutors ever recommended against filing charges.
It seems that the Stand Your Ground law has made it harder for the police and the courts to prevent tragedies like this from happening. Somehow I don’t think that’s what the intent of the law was, but then, it was basically written by the gun lobby, so who knows what they wanted except to sell more guns to more people all in the name of freedom and justice or something.
If Mr. Zimmerman is charged and goes to trial, rest assured that his attorneys will argue quite convincingly that their client cannot get a fair trial in Seminole County. They’re going to argue that he has already been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion and that there will be no justice for him ever.
And the same can be said about Trayvon Martin.