Florida “Special Prosecutor” Declines to take Martin Case to Grand Jury

There will undoubtedly be much spin and many complaints.

Points to remember:

A competent prosecutor can, generally, get a Grand Jury to indict a ham sandwich.

Prosecutors go to great lengths to avoid prosecuting cases they don’t believe they can win.

 

Trayvon Martin: No grand jury in case

By Walter Pacheco | for the Orlando Sentinel in the Chicago Times

There will be no grand jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation, said State Attorney Angela Corey.

“The decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case,” a press release from the State Attorney’s office shows.

Gov. Rick Scott appointed Corey, state attorney in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, as the Special Prosecutor on March 22.

“At this time, the investigation continues and there will be no further comment from this office,” state attorney officials said.

 

Not even pounding the table.

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  • UOG

    Well Rodney, which do you think was more telling as to the Martin/Zimmerman incident: the State Attorney taking a pass on going to a Grand Jury or Al Sharpton taking a pass on Sunday’s protest down in FL?

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Well, to the extent that one is a resident of Florida and must answer, while the other is a carpetbagger who has never actually stood to answer…

    • jim_m

       Between Shapton fleeing town to avoid going to Trayvon Martin rallies and the NYT’s reporting blackout on the story since 4/1, I think that we can safely assume that the MSM has figured out that there isn’t anything actionable.  The only one’s left complaining are those they deceived and who won’t actually look at the evidence.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Actually, I think the wheels fell off this particular bus last Monday.  Once the media had to start backtracking on the impressions they’d so carefully tried to broadcast, it was just a matter of time until they ran from this as fast as they could.  The race-baiting poverty pimps didn’t get the mileage they were expecting, tried to get far enough ahead of the narrative that they could be seen as heroes – yet ended up under the bus when the innocent 6-year old who tripped and bumped a white man looking to kill someone turned out to be a rather unpleasant character. The media hung ‘em out to dry.

      No surprise Sharpton was a no-show.  Nothing to be made from it, for his rep or through money/donations - so why bother going?  For the principle of it?  Ha. Ha.  That’s not how he rolls.

    • cirby

      As far as Sharpton goes, it’s simple.  Someone from the Martin family finally broke down and told Sharpton the ugly facts about sweet little Trayvon, and Sharpton figured out that it’s just a matter of time before the wheels come off of his little “movement.”

      He’s not THAT stupid – he can still remember how stupid he looked after the Tawana Brawley mess.  He’s dumb enough to stick is nose in, and smart enough to know when to cut and run.

  • Hank_M

    I get the impression the LSM and race hustlers have moved on, now that a lot of the initial
    “information”  has been shown to be incorrect.

    In fact, even that lower than dirt Al Sharpton “broke a major promise he made to those supporting him and the family of slain
    teenager Trayvon Martin: He didn’t show up in Sanford, Fla., to “occupy” the
    town. On March 26 Sharpton vowed to “occupy” Sanford over Easter weekend
    to show support for Trayvon, the 17-year-old black teen who was shot by Hispanic
    neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman on Feb. 26″

    It appears that the Martin tragedy is no longer useful.

  • Guest

    This is precisely what should happen.  Currently no submission to grand jury, investigation is ongoing, and if we’re lucky, nobody will leak info from the special prosecutor’s office.

  • 914

    $harpton’s donation bucket was  full of worthless lies and IOU’s.. Just like this worthless Presidency is..

  • Commander_Chico

    If you can get a jury to indict you can get one to convict, if you have a story to tell.  Also, if you can indict, you can also get a plea from the defendant.  Zimmerman does not deserve life in prison, but he deserves a couple years for being a meddlesome asshole.  Any competent prosecutor could squeeze a plea out of him for a lesser offense.

    Is this a political decision to goad Holder to indict on civil rights, based on the “fucking coons” remark?

    • EricSteel

      If that is the only evidence they have, I don’t think Holder will go forward with Federal charges. To be convicted requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. CNN’s variable audio results shows that reasonable doubt exists.

    • Hank_M

       CC, latest I saw, enhanced audio equip shows he said cold, not coon.
      This was reported on CNN and elsewhere.

      • jim_m

         Chico is one of the lefties that got left behind when the MSM abandoned their bogus narrative without ever bothering to effectively disseminate the truth of the matter.  He is stuck with the “fake but accurate” narrative and has ignored reports of what really happened.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          His steel trap mind fused together with the rust of prejudice long ago…

          • jim_m

             I’m thinking that he is still hoping to collect on the $10,000 reward from the Black Panthers for capturing Zimmerman.

          • Sky__Captain

             At this junction if anyone “deserves a couple years for being a meddlesome asshole”, it would be the likes of Al Sharpton.

            And maybe Chico.

          • Commander_Chico

            $10,000 is chump change.  $1,000,000 I might consider.

    • lasveraneras

       Here’s the actual latest from one of the “Chico-approved” news sources, CNN:

      “Forensic audio expert Tom
      Owen, who analyzed 911 recordings, agreed the garbled word that raised
      controversy was “punks,” not the racial slur some people said they heard.

      When Owen, chairman
      emeritus of the American Board of Recorded Evidence, used a computer
      application to remove cell phone interference, the word became clearer,
      he said.”

      Hey, at least make an effort to try to stay up with developments.  After all, you guys are supposed to be more intelligent than conservatives/libertarians.

      Oh, and Neighbor Watch volunteers are “meddlesome assholes?”  Remember that the Supremes have already declared that the police have no duty to protect individuals.

      • Commander_Chico

        When Owen takes the stand under oath, I’ll credit his testimony.  Sounds like “coons” to me.

        • jim_m

           NYT ceased covering the story when the evidence started turning in favor of Zimmerman.   NBC was caught deliberately fudging the evidence to make Zimmerman look guilty.  Race Merchants like Sharpton and Jackson quickly left town without notice.  CNN has backed down off the “coons” meme.

          Yet Chico bitterly clings to his dream of a racially motivated crime. 

          Face it. Sometimes you can’t trump up enough evidence to railroad a guy.  Maybe you will have better luck with the next victim the media chooses.

        • Sky__Captain

           That’s because you need a better hearing aid. Or a better, less racist mind.

        • LiberalNightmare

           When you take the stand under oath – I’ll credit your testimony

        • lasveraneras

          Let me get this straight.  The choice of who to believe is Chico, commander of an army of ???, and the chairman
          emeritus of the American Board of Recorded Evidence?  So who do you trust?  A real conundrum this.

          • Commander_Chico

            If an “expert” told you the sky was red, would it be red?

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            I think we’ll be applying chicka’s rule to chicka’s posts, and only pay attention to them from now on when they are given under penalty of perjury.

          • jim_m

             If he were talking about Mars, yes.

    • 914

      “Zimmerman does not deserve life in prison, but he deserves a couple years for being a meddlesome asshole. ”

      By that milestone Barak Obama should get life for all the meddling the asshole has done..

    • http://www.facebook.com/Stan25 Stan Brewer

      Two different types of juries here, Chico. First the Grand Jury hears the evidence that the prosecutor has to indict. As said here, they can indict a ham sandwich and most times generally do. Then the case goes to trial, in which a separate jury is impaneled. This jury is the one that determines the guilt or innocence of the defendant.

      From what I have been reading and seeing, the city of Sanford and the state of Florida did not have much of a case to start with. If they would have had a case to start with, Zimmerman would be sitting in a jail cell right now. As been stated numerous times here and elsewhere, the only ones that have convicted Zimmerman are the State Controlled media and the race hustlers.

    • jim_m

       If being a meddlesome asshole was the criterion we could jail every homeowner’s association board member in the country.  Heck, you could jail every elected official period.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        Dont forget the armies of un-elected regulators as well…

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    • Commander_Chico

      Interesting.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LBSR2OLFDIXFD2NFKSUMOALTTE Jack

    Re “If you can get a jury to indict you can get one to convict”
    Indictments are generally easy. Generally convictions are not.
    ·         Re “Any competent prosecutor could squeeze a plea out of him for a lesser offense”.

    ·         Not if there is little evidence to support it. A halfway decent defense attorney wouldn’t allow a plea deal with such weak evidence. Also once they charge Zimmerman and he gets off because of the prosecutor having such a weak case, he gets off scot free. They can’t try him again regardless of what other evidence may come to light because of double-jeopardy.

  • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

    I think that “Outside the Beltway” article (link to it in JWH’s comment above) describes the current status of the Martin/Zimmerman quite well. In Florida, a grand jury is only necessary if a case pertains to First-Degree murder, which is not the case with Martin/Zimmerman.

    The prosecutor could still charge Zimmerman with another crime and put Zimmerman on trial.

    I’m in favor of waiting for the prosecutor to complete her investigation before trying to read any more tea leaves.

  • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

    In his “points to remember”, Rodney appears to be implying that special prosecutor Angela Corey wil not have any criminal case against George Zimmerman.

    Well, I would like to add to Rodney’s points ot remember.
    From FoxNews.com:

    News of Zimmerman’s appeal came on the same day that the special prosecutor, Angela Corey, said a grand jury will not look into the Trayvon Martin case, leaving the decision of whether to charge the teen’s shooter in her hands alone and eliminating the possibility of a first-degree murder charge.

    Corey said her decision had no bearing on whether she would file charges against George Zimmerman. She still could decide to charge him with a serious felony such as manslaughter which can carry a lengthy prison sentence if he is convicted.

    So, a lack of a grand jury does not necessarily imply a lack of a criminal case against Zimmerman.

    How about we wait until the special prosecutor completes her investigation before we read the legal crystal ball.
    Quote Source: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/09/george-zimmerman-website-asks-for-money-as-shooter-faces-possible-charges-in/#ixzz1rb4PSfgk

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Rodney wrote in his article:

      Points to remember:
      A competent prosecutor can, generally, get a Grand Jury to indict a ham sandwich.

      Prosecutors go to great lengths to avoid prosecuting cases they don’t believe they can win.

      The “Special Prosecutor” still must stand for election in her own district, and should she prosecute Zimmerman and fail to gain a conviction, her constituents will probably look on that amiss.

      At this point she has NO political cover, having dispensed with the Grand Jury.  She either charges and wins, or loses the case and almost certainly her job, or declines to press charges.

      David Robertson might want to take that political calculus into consideration.

  • 914

    How about we throw Sharptong and Jerkson in jail for inciting public unrest, racial racketeering and just for being all around parasites on society’s backside.. This in lieu of a grand jury convening of course.

    sarc 

  • herddog505

    A point often discussed among the more thoughtful proponents of concealed carry is the aftermath: what happens AFTER you fire the shot?  The Martin case will likely – hopefully – be a common topic of discussion in CCW classes in the future because nobody wants to cause or even be involved in a case like this: a man who may well have done absolutely nothing wrong is dead, and another man has had his life ruined.

    We sneer at the people who (allegedly) ignored Kitty Genovese, but I’m starting to I think that looking away and walking on is the best policy.  Do NOT try to be your brother’s keeper, lest you be branded a racist murderer with a price on your head or AT BEST a “meddlesome a**hole”.

    Stan BrewerFrom what I have been reading and seeing, the city of Sanford and the state of Florida did not have much of a case to start with.

    Exactly.  This is what the lynch mob never stopped to consider because they were so utterly, self-righteously CERTAIN that Zimmerman killed Martin solely because he was black and the Sanford PD didn’t bother to investigate because they are racists, too.  They refused to consider the possibility that the Sanford cops HAD investigated the shooting and quickly discovered that, though it was extremely regrettable, there was nothing criminal about it (or, at least, not so obviously criminal that they could take it to a prosecutor).

    The best we can say about a great many lefties in this case is that they got punked by MiniTru.  It’s ironic that they b*tch and moan about Big Corporations and their nefarious influence over us, but never stop to consider that news outlets are Big Corporations in the business of selling ad revenue, and nothing does that like a nice, juicy, controversial murder case.

    Suckers.

    • Brian_The_Adequate

      “We sneer at the people who (allegedly) ignored Kitty Genovese, but I’m starting to I think that looking away and walking on is the best policy.  Do NOT try to be your brother’s keeper, lest you be branded a racist murderer with a price on your head or AT BEST a “meddlesome a**hole”.”

      You are correct that ignoring the evil is the most prudent course of action as it pertains to worldly consequences.  If I ever have the misfortune to make such a choice, I pray that I have the courage to do what is right without regard to the possible injustice to me later.

      • jim_m

         Yep.  Given that Kitty’s murderer was a black man, had you intervened by today’s standards you would have the New Black Panthers calling for your death and doing so secure in the knowledge that the DOJ will never lift a finger to stop them or in any way address the illegality of their actions.

        Yet, ultimately, the right action is not to ignore evil, both the evil occurring on the street in front of you as well as the evil in the government that encourages the blatant racist vigilante-ism.

      • herddog505

        If I ever have the misfortune to make such a choice, I pray that I have the courage to do what is right without regard to the possible injustice to me later.

        Ditto.  O’ course, KNOWING what is “right” can be tough.  I would wager that Zimmerman thought he was doing “right” when he decided that he ought to do something about the suspicious young man in his neighborhood.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

    Wow… Now they can’t find Zimmerman?

    Interesting times ahead…