George Zimmerman Likely to Be Charged -- It's About Time!

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George ZimmermanBig news in the Trayvon Martin case: Angela Corey, the special prosecutor heading the investigation, plans to make an announcement today at 6 p.m. ET, which could very well be a decision on whether George Zimmerman will be charged. It’s going to be a long couple of hours for us onlookers, but I can only imagine how Trayvon’s parents and family must feel, knowing that all of their pushing and pressing for justice has culminated into this very telling moment.

It’s here. And I’m hoping and praying that Corey and her team get it right. 

Through this entire process, Trayvon’s mom and dad have demonstrated a faith that has earned my fullest respect: faith in God, the justice system, and the inevitability that right will prevail -- somehow, someway -- over wrong. Sybrina Fulton tweeted earlier today: “We're on pins&needles waiting for Ms. Coreys decision but we're prayerful that justice will prevail. He sits high&looks low #GODisincontrol”. That indeed he is. And we’re praying and hoping that whatever the decision, it brings the family peace and closure. They honestly haven’t even had time to grieve the loss of their son because they’ve been so busy grieving the failure of justice.

Major news outlets are reporting that Zimmerman has already been charged, but don’t believe that hype. We’ll all know at 6 o’clock but until then, unless you work at Corey’s office, anything else is speculation. I think they won’t make the announcement until the suspect is in custody, partly because he’s a flight risk and partly because, if things don’t go the way most of us want them to go, he might become a crime victim his doggone self. The fact that that man has made it this far is amazing to me, that he hasn’t been snuffed out on the streets by another brand of vigilante justice. Going into hiding was probably his best bet. People are pissed.

Even though surveys have shown that white folks and Republicans are tired of the coverage of the case, for plenty of the rest of us, Trayvon has truly become a representation of the susceptibility of our children. He represents the random violence that can just as easily befall my son or nephew or cousin as it did Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton’s child. With those kind of emotional ties undergirding the case, I believe in my spirit there’s potential for an outbreak of violence if Zimmerman is allowed to walk away, his double jeopardy rights in tact.

If the decision is to charge him -- most likely for manslaughter since I’m sure a straight up murder rap wouldn’t get the conviction or the sentence that supporters are hoping for -- all I can say is finally. Finally. Finally Zimmerman will be charged. Finally all of the marching and protesting and rallying will culminate into an action that most of us know should have been a no-brainer, knee-jerk reaction nearly a month and a half ago when Trayvon Martin was shot and killed. Finally the pressure on the justice system to do the right thing has paid off. And finally Trayvon can truly, honestly, absolutely rest in peace. I guess we’ll see at 6:00.

If Zimmerman is charged, what do you think the charge should be?

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William Galison


There are hundreds of articles about the Trayvon Martin tragedy. The outrage is not because a white man killed a black man -- but because the Sanford police department covered up the murder.

- What if the police department were the NYPD?

- What if the victim had been kidnapped and threatened with death by NYPD detectives?

- What if the victim requested protection form the FBI?

- What if the victim posted a Youtube video NAMING the people who were going to kill him?

- What if the victim was then bludgeoned to death on a deserted street, miles from his home?

- What if the ER doctor lied about the cause of death, claiming the victim died of an “aneurism” with "no trauma".

- What if NYPD detectives illegally removed the body from the hospital hours after death and sent it to the morgue for cremation, claiming claiming "natural death".

- What if the Medical Examiner contradicted the NYPD and the ER and ruled the cause of death “Blunt force trauma with skull fractures and brain injuries” & the manner of death "suspicious".

- What if the NYPD denied all FOIL requests for information?

- What if THEN - as in the Trayvon Martin case - the police refused to investigate?

Those are the precise circumstances of the death of corruption whistleblower Sunny Sheu, yet not ONE mainstream media venue has reported this story.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

Yes, us "white folks" are tired of hearing about it... I'm tired of the insane levels of media coverage. Every rally, every quote, every hoodie worn,

NatAndCo NatAndCo

...every quote, every misquote, every video, every altered video, every audio clip, every altered audio clip, every tweet, Facebook page etc, etc, et freaking cetera, is covered by every news outlet ad nauseum. Yes it is an important case and I do actually follow it and hope he's charged but yes... The media is trying to milk this for all its "worth".

PonyC... PonyChaser

Nat, don't forget "every ignored BOUNTY on the head of Zimmerman." Why has THAT been ignored?

NatAndCo NatAndCo

Yes apparently we're back in the Wild West. "If he's innocent why did he go into hiding?"...

Point is, all this media coverage has put the judicial process at risk. Zimmerman won't receive a fair trial and neither will Martin because everyone who hasn't lived under a rock these past few months has been able to form opinions based on the media's portrayal of the "facts" or the warped versions of them. Yes this "white folk" (yah I'm still stuck on that) is tired of the media coverage because the media isn't there for justice, they are there for ratings.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

Ah, remember the good ole days when the news/media reported....NEWS??? Now that he's been charged it will only get worse. This man won't get a fair trial. When the prosecutor announced the charges she said they don't prosecute because of pressure. Yeah, ok.... before the pressure there wasn't enough evidence to arrest him, but now there is? And if there is enough evidence, ok - then why not bring it to a grand jury to decide that? Maybe because they were afraid a grand jury would not indict due to lack of evidence??? Going around a grand jury and letting a state attorney indict on their own is a huge conflict of interest! This case is just a shame.

libby261 libby261

Finally!  It is about time!!  Why the heck wasn't he charged a month ago?

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