Grand Jury Will Not Hear Trayvon Martin Case

CBS Miami, April 9, 2012

Florida State Attorney Angela Corey decided Monday to not use a Grand Jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death.

The grand jury was expected to release their report on Tuesday as to whether Zimmerman should be charged in the Feb. 26th shooting. The case is now in the hands of special prosecutor Angela Corey.

Ms. Corey said from the beginning that she may not need a grand jury.

According to the state attorney’s office, the decision “should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case.”

Former U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey told CBS4′s Gio Benitez that by not using a grand jury, prosecutors will probably not charge Zimmerman with a capital offense.

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Here’s what state attorney Corey said in her Monday release:

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An attorney for the Martin’s family said the evidence is there.

“We believe that she should make a decision and we’re optimistic that she will make a decision within this week,” said Natalie Jackson.

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  • Since GJs indict ham sandwiches, I take this as good news for Zimmerman, because I don’t think the special prosecutor has enough even for a GJ to indict.

  • anmpr1

    If the grand jury is ruled out, this means the case is very weak.  The only question left is whether the special prosecutor will bow to political pressure and bring the case to trial, regardless of the facts.  That it is taking this long could mean that the prosecutor knows there is nothing there to convict, but is waiting until the blacks “be chillin'” before making an announcement, in order to prevent riots.

    • 1gravity

       Not letting the Grand Jury vote no true bill is patently unfair to Mr. Zimmerman, who remains in hiding.  Malik Zulu Showbiz, and his ilk, are not stupid and do not consult stupid people.  They can smell fear a mile away, and they ain’t gonna be chillin anytime soon.

  • crystal evans

    I agree that this case is very weak. The prosecutor also said that since this is not a first degree murder case, it is not required to convene the Grand Jury. I think that the Treyvon followers must be upset that justice is not going their way. I can say one thing, if Zimmerman is not indicted even on a federal charge  of denying Treyvon Martin’s civil rights, do I smell riots in Sanford, Florida?

  • No

    Yeah . . . it’s true that this takes capital offenses off the table. 

    But it’s also true that the Grand Jury (“We, The People”) might just let Zimmerman walk when they hear the facts.  This way, the State is assured they’ll nail him for something.

    This is a ticking time-bomb regardless of what she does.  Let’s see . . .

    Option A . . . the Grand Jury let’s him walk and we deal with the riots . . .

    Option B . . . the AG let’s him walk and we deal with the riots . . .

    Option C . . . the AG persecutes him and the jury acquits . . . and we deal with the riots . . .

    Option D . . . the AG persecutes him on some ridiculous  nuance and the jury grudgingly finds him guilty . . .  the blacks are angry because it wasn’t enough . . . and we deal with the riots . . .

    The riots are going to come.  With Option D, however, you have time to stock up on CS grenades, train the Florida National Guard and Sanford city government can pay up the insurance on all the cop cars and city property that are about to get torched.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Zimmerman is toast, he will never get a fair trial.  A certain judge and a certain jury devoid of Whites (or White Hispanics) will be found to convict him.  Zimmerman will be sacrificed on the altar of political correctness as the mob screams for his blood.

    I don’t hold out hope that justice will prevail in this case; Casey Anthony was found not guilty by a Florida jury.

    If George is smart, he is hiding out somewhere without a US extradition treaty, otherwise he will be the star feature in a Show Trial.

    Has there been ANY fair media coverage of George Zimmerman??

    Bon

  • radical7

    This does not absolve him of the crime. In fact, now, he is more likely to be charged. A grand jury may have ended in a hung jury. A predominately White jury would have most likely acquitted him.

  • crazy_j

    While true that, absent an indictment, capital charges like murder are off the table. What many people aren’t realizing is that, because of this, the prosecutor will likely throw a stack of charges at Zimmerman so numerous that one (likely two or three) will stick.

    He will then be sent to jail or prison, where he will be offered up to the majority negro population as a blood sacrifice on the altar of diversity.

  • Southern__Hoosier

    My guess is the AG was afraid  there were enough  Blacks on the Grand Jury to bullying the white members. Then Zimmerman would find himself facing either a all Black jury or enough Blacks to bully the white members in to voting conviction.  All it takes is one Black to bully eleven white members. Whites have become such cowards.

  • xxxtonygunsxxx

     George Zimmerman, if you read this Iv’e got your back bro. a lot of people support you you were right to defend yourself and you should be proud. you are being railroaded and probably cannot even get a fair trial now so you should sue. you should initiate a lawsuit right now and just know that I personally think you are awesome. tony

  • Dan

    Zimmerman now knows what it’s like to be considered White in this country. Whether he admits it or not this whole thing had to be an eye opening experience for him.

  • Han Ng

    I’m a prosecutor (not in Florida), and I am commenting here because it seems that there is some confusion about what a grand jury does.

    Ronald (2 comments below mine) has hit the nail on the head.  Corey is showing tremendous courage in choosing not to utilize a grand jury because it means that she is owning the charging decision.  In contemporary criminal procedure, the prosecutor may proceed by information, meaning that the prosecutor makes the charging decision (although for misdemeanors, the police can do this as well–i.e. when the serve and file a ticket).  Thus, it is not necessary for all criminal cases to be initiated by an indictment by a grand jury.  Nowadays, grand juries are used for two reasons: (1) as an investigative device to force otherwise reluctant witnesses to give testimony that the police could otherwise not obtain, or (2) to pass the charging decision onto the grand jury where the suspect has a viable defense (and the case is big enough that it is worth the effort of convening a grand jury).  A grand jury is used in the latter instance because the standard for indictment is less than the standard of proof at trial (probable cause vs. beyond a reasonable doubt), and if the grand jury returns No True Bill, it gives the prosecutor political cover for not prosecuting an unwinnable case which many people might be emotionally invested in.  We see this most in self-defense homicides that occur outside of the home of the suspect (which are not gang-related killings or drug deals gone bad [gone worse?]).  It is a waste of resources (both financial and emotional) to unsuccessfully prosecute a defendant, and if an iffy case can be eliminated early by use of a grand jury, it costs the state less money, prevents unnecessary suffering for the (potential) defendant, and prevents the raising of unreasonable expectations by the family of the decedent.  Of course, the grand jury could return a True Bill, in which case the prosecutor is stuck with it, but if a grand jury is willing to indict, it means that ordinary citizens who would be sitting on the trial jury are unlikely to buy the defendant’s defense, which means that the prosecutor has a decent shot at trial.  This is actually less chickenshit than it may seem, because the reasonableness of the use of force in self-defense is ultimately based upon a community standard.  Prosecutors can easily be a bit out of the mainstream due to both education and experience (we deal with people at their worst, never at their best), and therefore the use of a grand jury can provide a corrective for professional bias caused by over-familiarity with the criminal justice system and its participants.

    By not using a grand jury, Corey is taking full responsibility for the charging decision.  If no charges are filed, she will be staring down the mob currently out to lynch Zimmerman.  If charges are filed, she is staking her name on her belief that she can prove the charges, and disprove any defenses, beyond a reasonable doubt.  Of course, like everyone here, I am not in possession of all the facts, but from what has been leaked to the media, I would guess that charges will not be filed, because it seems to me from what little I know about the facts of the case that the prosecution will be unable to disprove a defense of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.