In what many consider to be her latest example of grand-standing, controversial special prosecutor Angela Corey has raised eyebrows once again for what appears to be ‘over-charging’ Trayvon Martin shooting suspect George Zimmerman with 2nd degree murder.
The Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen is set to appear before a judge on second-degree murder charges in a case that galvanized the nation.
George Zimmerman turned himself in to authorities and is jailed in Sanford, Fla., in the February shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. His attorney says he plans to plead not guilty in court today.
Legal experts say a special state prosecutor has steep hurdles to climb to make a murder case against Zimmerman. Experts say they need to counter Zimmerman’s claim that he shot Martin in self-defense, and prove he intended to kill Martin.
Zimmerman’s attorney also plans to invoke Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which gives people wide leeway to use deadly force to protect themselves.
Meanwhile, a nationwide campaign is being set up to target the controversial Stand Your Ground law.
A new national partnership involving New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and African American Leaders are seeking to reform or repeal the Florida style “shoot first” laws across the country.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says at least 25 states have laws similar to Stand Your Ground.