'Stand Your Ground' hearing could potentially clear Zimmerman

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  1. GHP

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    George Zimmerman, accused in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, could be cleared of a second-degree murder charge if a judge rules in his favor in a new "Stand Your Ground" hearing.

    Zimmerman's defense attorney Mark O'Mara announced on his website Thursday that there will be a "Stand Your Ground" hearing based on his client's claim he shot the unarmed teen in self-defense. A finding in Zimmerman's favor would end the criminal case against him, as well as immunizing him from civil action.

    "Now that the State has released the majority of their discovery, the defense asserts that there is clear support for a strong claim of self-defense. Consistent with this claim of self-defense, there will be a 'Stand Your Ground' hearing," said O'Mara in a statement.

    The law allows people to use deadly force, rather than retreat, if they believe their lives are in danger.

    O'Mara described the hearing as a "mini-trial," with arguments, witnesses, experts and evidence that would be included in a criminal trial, but without a jury.

    Zimmerman, 28, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder. He is free on $1 million bond as he awaits trial. Zimmerman wasn't charged until 44 days after Martin's death, and in those weeks protesters accused the Sanford police department of being racist and botching the investigation.
     
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    judge hates the dude. denied.
     
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    fighting on a message board is so much safer
     
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    I would hope the judge would base his opinion on the legalities of the case and not his personal feelings about either party
     
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    Standing my ground
     
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    it's God's will
     
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    Not to mention the law :hhh:
     
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    Nobody starts trouble if they eat Skittles.
     
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    never. it's all about the judge. they're little czars in little spaces. the rules are just there to fuck you with if they don't like you.
     
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    Hoodie > Skittles
     
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    It's all about the jury. Just ask OJ :)
     
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    ito left out OJ's confession to rosie grier based on "religious privilege", even tho a guard heard it
     
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    thank you, Nancy Grace
     
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    I hate to say it but I'm gonna have to agree with this. Also depends on the judge's relationships with the prosecution/defense attorneys. I find the system to be very flawed and rarely impartial. At least what I've witnessed locally.
     
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    There was more than enough evidence to convict OJ without his confession.

    But fine, I won't argue with you. If I was innocent I would rather have the decision be in the hands of one man, well-versed in the law, sworn to be unbiased, than in the hands of 12 laymen

    If I was guilty it would be another matter :)
     
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    Only true for a moment in time. Defense can and will appeal from now until we're all gone

    Prosecution not so much :)
     
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    i tell people they do not want to go to court. they think they do, but they don't.

    inside that courtroom, it is not America. you cannot say what you want, do what you want, dress how you want; you are subject to instant arrest and confinement with no appeal; hell, i've even seen a clerk approach a full grown woman with a napkin up to her mouth to spit out her gum. woman was sitting right next to me and i did not know she was chewing gum.

    courtrooms are politboros, and best avoided :hat:
     
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    oh my yes, and if Ito didn't want to be a movie star, the trial would have gone differently. see how i remember his name? Judge Ito? that's what he wanted, to be famous.
     
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    i'm becoming far more concerned about the case where a suspect was searched twice, handcuffed behind his back, put in the back of a police car, and ended up "committing suicide" by shooting himself in the right temple, where he was left-handed.

    that case stinks to high heaven.