Thursday, July 11, 2013
Charge Of Child Abuse Against George Zimmerman A Leap Too Far?
In another watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat moment, the prosecution in the George Zimmerman case tried to add a lesser charge of of Aggravated Child Abuse to the jury instructions.
The state argued that since Trayvon was seventeen at the time of the shooting. In such cases the fact that the perpetrator did not know the victim's age is not considered a defense.
According to Don West, the defense was not notified until 7:30 a.m. this morning. I'm sure there were many who viewed this as a Hail Mary pass to get a conviction, any conviction, at any cost. Frankly after learning of this charge I wondered why the state didn't toss in a parking violation or a charge of jay walking.
Thankfully these charges were tossed by the judge.
In yet another WTF moment in the trial sideshow, Bejamin Crump, the lawyer for the Martin family lets us know that 'who" screamed doesn't matter when asked about the state's concession that Trayvon Martin was probably on top of George Zimmerman during the struggle.
Then again this is the SAME Benjamin Crump who said that this case was never about racism despite repeatedly stating publicly that this case was absolutely about racism.
We only need to look as far as the former police chief, Bill Lee who testified Monday in this case to see that the arrest of George Zimmerman was indeed racially motivated.
Lee admitted to CNN's George Howell in an exclusive interview that he was pressured by city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public rather than a matter of justice.
He claims that "It was (relayed) to me that they just wanted an arrest. They didn't care if it got dismissed later.