Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Seeking Justice

As of now, there won’t be a grand jury hearing into the killing of Trayvon Martin.

The special prosecutor assigned to the Trayvon Martin shooting investigation now says she will not take the case before a grand jury tomorrow, as had been scheduled.

Angela Corey, special prosecutor in the case and state attorney for Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, said Monday that her investigation will continue, but the grand jury will not hear the case.


The grand jury had been called upon by Seminole-Brevard State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, who initially was handling the case but has since stepped aside.

Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump said Trayvon’s parents are “not surprised” by the announcement, and remain “hopeful that a decision will be reached very soon to arrest George Zimmerman and give Trayvon Martin’s family the simple justice they have been seeking all along.”

George Zimmerman could still face charges. But it looks as if the local constabulary did a poor job in investigating the case, and if the prosecution can’t make a case based on the evidence gathered by law enforcement, it will be hard to get to trial, much less to a verdict. That’s how the courts work: the burden of proof is on the prosecution. So if George Zimmerman gets a walk on a technicality — something the law’n’order folks rail about when it happens to someone they don’t like — Trayvon Martin will still be dead and no one will be held accountable.