GZ will need millions and millions to change his name and provide security forever for him and his family. He is a marked man by those who choose to believe what the Martins believe. His face is plastered out everywhere.
I also believe that there is no way he gets convicted of murder in the 2nd. That bar in incredibly high in what we have seen so far as to the evidence.
GZ will never truly be free, not as long as he lives. He might not be in jail, but he will always have to be looking over his shoulder. That is a type of prison.
NBC did a despicable hatchet job and deserves to pay for their race baiting news. It is shameful.
The unlawful killing of a human being, when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, is murder in the second degree and constitutes a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
Good luck Getting a Conviction based on THAT NK!!!!
Do the unicorns allow you startle easily in your reality? I was wondering because I can see how dangerous it would be if you tried to pet one and they got spooked.
Here on planet Earth, in the United States, over in the Eastern Time Zone, there is a little matter of the judicial process. NBC is going to settle. You, hopefully, have viewed the video footage and the resulting negative publicity. NBC is going to settle because they are busted and they do not want to pay more if he goes to prison.
He won’t go to prison. The most recently and very belatedly released photo shows those of us living in a shared reality that George Zimmerman was beaten severely. His nose is broken. Now, those of us burden with logic have to ask why the deceased alter boy was not shot early and often but a gun-toting hot head BEFORE he was severely beaten? If GZ was going to bust a cap in someone because he suffered profoundly from inadequacy (as was initially claimed), then why was he the only person in the fight to have trauma to his face and body?
Zimmerman won’t be able to sue the prosecutor. They have complete immunity. A prosecutor could get on national television, say, “yeah, I absolutely knew he was innocent, but I broke a dozen laws to convict him” and they STILL can’t be held liable in civil court. That’s just how it is. Even police only get qualified immunity, but with prosecutors it’s complete.
This is where Washington State beats all others. If a person is charged with and tried for homicide in our state, and acquitted on grounds of lawful self defense, then the state must pay all their legal costs involved in the defense. Awesome.
I suspect NBC will try mightily to settle out of court and have a gag order imposed; I trust Zimmerman is sufficiently pissed off, and his legal team sufficiently smart, to not let that happen. A pre-trial settlement, if it’s big enough, is probably acceptable, but I’d expect that settlement to include extremely public announcements – note the plural – from NBC regarding their deliberate slander and attempt at jury manipulation, plus a “conservative” apology, rather then the usual “liberal” one of “well, gee, shucks, we were just using our first amendment rights and thought we were on solid ground.”
I’d be curious if the suit against NBC includes the suit(s) against the former NBC “reporters” or those will be separate suits. Not that he’ll get much money from the individuals, but win any one of the suits and it’s pretty sure all will be won from that point. It’ll be interesting to see if settlement on the individuals includes something like a lifetime ban from working in broadcast outlets.
@nk – Florida has a Speedy Trial Statute that requires a felony case go to trial within 175 days of the original charge being levied (misdemeanor is 90 days). A defendant can waive the speedy trial requirement; it would not surprise me that negotiations between the State’s Attorney’s Office and the defendant attorneys in this case led to an agreement to waive the 175 day requirement to push the trial into 2013.
Proving that NBC plotted to do this to raise ratings is going to be difficult. Do the lawyers have internal NBC memos that state “Make Zimmerman look like a racist because it’s good for our ratings”? Or will NBC be able to prove that the audio portion had to be under X number of seconds to fit in the news hole?
As far as damages go, is this whole thing the result of NBC’s misleading broadcast or is it because Zimmerman shot and killed another person?
Since NBC can now force Zimmerman to give a deposition, is this lawsuit really going to be beneficial to Zimmerman?
My thanks to SPQR. But I own my words, and I need to make myself understood the first time. I beat Uncle; I can say more stupid s*** in ten words than others can say in a thousand.
Al, my second “law” job was an investigator for the Chicago Crime Commission. We would see a pattern. The defense would first delay the case. Then the prosecution would delay the case. Because both their hands trembled at taking it to trial. I think you’re right.
@nk – I concur. I suspect what we’re seeing is the result of an incompetent prosecution based on marginal investigation that elected to file charges to appease several easily-offended groups of which the state is fearful (I include the media in that surfeit of groups). I might consider changing “incompetent” to “cowardly” given that the media did their rabble-rousing early and since Florida State’s Attorneys are elected, this case has been hopelessly infected by politics from the outset.
Having stepped off that particular pier, and seeing no immediate way back up, delays, agreed to by both sides, offer some hope at finding a way out, of which there are none. This event is one of those things for which the phrase “this will not end well” was invented.