It’s week two in the George Zimmerman trial and it is nearly impossible to find a professional source that thinks the prosecution is anywhere near proving it’s case. It seems that the prosecution has another tough week ahead.
According to the New York Times (full story here), “The prosecution is also expected to call Chris Serino, the Sanford police officer who was the lead investigator in the case. Mr. Serino, who said Mr. Zimmerman had a “little hero complex” and felt his statements sounded “scripted,” recommended a manslaughter charge.
But that testimony could get complicated. Mr. Serino later told the F.B.I. that he had been pressured to make an arrest. He told the federal agents that he did not think there was enough evidence for a manslaughter charge.
High-ranking officials in the Sanford Police Department and the original state attorney in the case agreed: they decided not to arrest or charge Mr. Zimmerman in February and March because they felt they lacked enough evidence to rebut self-defense.
Mr. Zimmerman was arrested six weeks after the shooting, and only after a special prosecutor from Jacksonville was appointed by the governor. By then, the shooting had set off protests and turned into a civil rights issue.
Mr. Zimmerman’s actions after the shooting could also pose a problem for prosecutors this week. Immediately after the shooting, Mr. Zimmerman cooperated with the police, admitted to shooting in self-defense and gave days of statements without asking for a lawyer.”
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