George Zimmerman Waives Hearing For “Stand Your Ground” Defense
The shooter of Trayvon Martin has waived a possible path to acquittal without a jury trial. George Zimmerman and his legal team decided this week not to pursue a hearing on whether Zimmerman is immune in the shooting death of Martin due to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. Such a hearing could have freed Zimmerman, but if unsuccessful, could have added additional obstacles to his defense.
USA Today quotes a Florida criminal defense attorney saying the pre-trail hearing may have been too risky if Zimmerman’s team did not fully expect to win. It would have given the prosecution opportunities to find inconsistencies in Zimmerman’s testimony before the trial even began, and would have placed the burden of proof on the defense, not the prosecution.
The lawyer for Martin’s family made similar allegations.
George Zimmerman, 29, has claimed self-defense in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, on February 23, 2012. Zimmerman was a neighborhood watchman in the gated community of Sanford, Florida when he spotted Martin returning to a family friend’s home from a convenience store. Zimmerman claims Martin was acting suspicious, and attacked him first.
I haven’t read any legal experts saying exactly this, but maybe Zimmerman and his team just believe they have a much better chance convincing a jury of self-defense. A judge is too smart for that, and everything would be riding on that one person. But all they need is one juror out of twelve.
What do you think?