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NBC: George Zimmerman to be charged in Trayvon Martin case at 6PM ET tonight

Old 04-11-2012, 12:12 PM
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According to officials, authorities will pursue some type of criminal charges against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. NBC's Pete Williams report.
By Pete Williams, NBC News, and M. Alex Johnson, msnbc.com

The nature of the charges wasn't immediately known, the official told NBC News Justice Department correspondent Pete Williams, speaking on condition of anonymity. But because Angela Corey — the special prosecutor appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to re-examine the case — previously announced that she wouldn't take the case to a grand jury, first-degree murder is not an option.

Corey's office confirmed that a news conference would be at 6 p.m. ET in Jacksonville, Fla.
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Authorities in Sanford, Fla. — where Zimmerman, 28, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot Martin, 17, on Feb. 26 — also began preparing for an announcement from Corey, NBC station WESH of Orlando reported. Seminole County sheriff's deputies spent Wednesday morning setting up barricades along the booking area for new inmates at the county jail.

Stephanie Gosk, Dave Forman, Michael Kosnar and Mariam Masri of NBC News; Miranda Leitsinger of msnbc.com; and NBC station WESH of Orlando, Fla., contributed to this report by Pete Williams of NBC News and M. Alex Johnson of msnbc.com. Follow M. Alex Johnson on Twitter and Facebook.

Martin's father, Tracy Martin, said he was looking forward to Corey's announcement.

"It's 44 days later, and George Zimmerman is still walking free," Martin said at a news conference during a meeting of the National Action Network in Washington. "It's 44 days later, and my son is in a mausoleum."

(The National Action Network is a project of the Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC-TV's "PoliticsNation," who has played a prominent role in advocating for charges against Zimmerman.)

Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's father, thanks supporters and vows he won't let his son's death "be in vain."

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Martin's parents, urged people to "remain peaceful" after the expected announcement.

Zimmerman, whose father is white and whose mother is Peruvian, says he shot Martin, who was black, in self-defense after following him in a gated community in Sanford. Police questioned Zimmerman but decided against pressing charges.

The lack of an arrest or charges has sparked protests nationwide, with critics alleging that Zimmerman confronted Martin because of his race. Zimmerman's supporters deny that.

Corey said Tuesday that she wouldn't convene a grand jury probe. That announcement came before Zimmerman's attorneys said they had lost touch with their client and were withdrawing from the case.

A federal civil rights investigation is also under way, but U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the Justice Department had to meet a "high bar" to bring any charges.

The main federal role is to "support the state in its ongoing investigation," Holder told reporters Wednesday morning in Washington. At the same time, he said, the Justice Department is conducting its "own thorough and parallel investigation" to try to resolve the case "in as fair and complete a way and as quickly as we can."

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Old 04-11-2012, 03:24 PM
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Ok, let's have a trial.

Can the protesters go back to work now? Or do they just collect entitlement checks?

Time to move on.
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Originally Posted by fichtion View Post
Ok, let's have a trial.

Can the protesters go back to work now? Or do they just collect entitlement checks?

Time to move on.
I was thinking the same thing; just a formality to quiet things down. I can't help thinking that there must be something more to story. I mean the DA has to know that with out a witness they've got a tough hill to climb and are just going through the motions. I'm not a lawyer so someone point me in the right direction here...
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well obviously the days of mob rules and lynchings has been reserected!
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Zimmerman is a dead man walking, he's screwed either way. If he's tried and acquitted, Sharpton and the lot will fire up the racial hatred machine and claim "justice" wasn't done. We'll have Rodney King riots and someone, a black panther or otherwise, will be inspired by these great civic leaders to inflict "justice" on Zimmerman with a bullet. If Zimmerman is tried and convicted, the black inmates will be fighting over who gets the first chance to kill him.

He has zero chance of a fair trial and I wouldn't have blamed him if he had fled the country.
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I thought they said he turned himself in too. Anyone else see that?
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But talk about giving into public pressure ( now if anything remotely close happens, it seams as thought the government will give in ((sort of))... The thing that really gets me, is that certain groups put a reward on the "capture" of Zimmerman --- there are laws on bounties on people's heads- but no legal recourse-... I'm white and if I put a price on Sharpton's head - I'd be arrested
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But talk about giving into public pressure ( now if anything remotely close happens, it seams as thought the government will give in ((sort of))... The thing that really gets me, is that certain groups put a reward on the "capture" of Zimmerman --- there are laws on bounties on people's heads- but no legal recourse-... I'm white and if I put a price on Sharpton's head - I'd be arrested
welcome to the double-standard "post-racial" America promoted by your president.
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