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Why George Zimmerman may win in court

Why George Zimmerman may win in court
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

George Zimmerman, the man charged with the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin, made his first appearance in court on Thursday.

The judge found probable cause to move forward, and said there would be an arraignment May 29, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Zimmerman’s new lawyer, Mark O’Mara, is expected to use Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law to get the murder charge dismissed without going to trial. Angela B. Corey, the state attorney who was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case, announced second-degree murder charges against Zimmerman Wednesday. Zimmerman, 28, faces life in prison if convicted.

There are conflicting stories on who started the confrontation. The Miami Herald says the prosecution will have a hard time proving that Zimmerman acted with a “depraved mind” when he shot Martin — the standard used in second-degree murder cases.

“Miami defense attorney John Priovolos said Corey will be hard pressed to show Zimmerman had the “ill-will, spite, malice or hatred” constituting a “depraved mind.”

Savannah Guthrie of NBC said on an MSNBC report, “Some of the witnesses' accounts are conflicting. and where there is ambiguity, our legal system sets it up so the benefit of the doubt goes to the accused.”

A second-degree murder conviction can carry a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years in prison, while a lesser charge like manslaughter has no minimum sentence. The "Stand Your Ground" law says a person may not be prosecuted for using deadly force if the person “reasonably believes” they are in life-threatening danger.

 

Fake grenade toy shakes up World Financial Center in New York

Fake grenade toy shakes up World Financial Center in New York
BY ANDY LAGOMARSINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Toy grenade shakes up World Financial Center in New York

A novelty hand grenade briefly prompted the evacuation of one of the buildings near “Ground Zero,” the s...

FBI’s Most Wanted: Bin Laden's No. 1 spot taken by third grade teacher

FBI’s Most Wanted: Bin Laden's No. 1 spot taken by third grade teacher
BY ANDY LAGOMARSINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

With Osama Bin Laden eliminated, the FBI now has a new “poster boy” for its Ten Most Wanted List.

The No. 1 spot belongs to a former third grade teacher. Indeed...

No parole for Charles Manson: Sharon Tate's family says it is over

No parole for Charles Manson: Sharon Tate's family says it is over
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM 

Charles Manson was denied parole yesterday for the 12th time, and chances are good that there won’t be a 13th.

Debra Tate, the sister of actress Sharon Tate was pl...

Trayvon Martin case: Rutgers law professor stands his ground for George Zimmerman trial

Trayvon Martin case: Rutgers law professor stands his ground for George Zimmerman trial

The shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman has ignited a national debate over Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Police in Sanford,...

Christie to address George W. Bush Institute Conference on Taxes and Economic Growth

Christie to address George W. Bush Institute Conference on Taxes and Economic Growth

With former president George W. Bush looking on, Gov. Chris Christie will address the Bush Institute Conference on Taxes and Economic Growth Tuesday at the New York Historical Society at 170 Central P...

Mike Wallace death devastates colleagues: CBS to have memorial

Mike Wallace death devastates colleagues: CBS to have memorial
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

CBS has announced that a special edition of “60 Minutes” will acknowledge the death of Mike Wallace on April 15.

Wallace died peacefully on Saturday, surrounded by his f...

Famous American painter Thomas Kinkade has 'gone to the light': Found dead at 54

Famous American painter Thomas Kinkade has 'gone to the light': Found dead at 54
BY ANDREW LAGOMARSINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

“I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney, in that I really like to make people happy,” said popular artist Thoma...

Parole for Charles Manson? New prison photo released

Parole for Charles Manson? New prison photo released
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Charles Manson has made 11 attempts at parole since 1978- each one failing- and next week will be No. 12.

The first photo of Manson in three years has been released in a...

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