Politically Motivated Prosecution

All sources are from this Wikipedia article (where you can check their corresponding sources) unless otherwise mentioned.  (emphases added)


On March 13, 2012, Chris Serino sent a capias request to the state’s attorney recommending charges of negligent manslaughter against Zimmerman, though Serino maintains he did not believe they had the evidence to support those charges and that manslaughter was only included in the capias in order for the prosecutor’s office to continue with their own investigation [113] [114][115][116]

The State Attorney’s office initially determined there was insufficient evidence to charge Zimmerman and did not file charges based on the capias request. [116][118][119]

On March 16, Serino told the Orlando Sentinel that his investigation had turned up no reliable evidence that cast doubt on Zimmerman’s account, that he had acted in self-defense. “The best evidence we have is the testimony of George Zimmerman, and he says the decedent was the primary aggressor in the whole event, everything I have is adding up to what he says.”[120]

Around this time:  

Telling the FBI that he was concerned that people inside the police department were leaking information, Serino cited Sgt. Arthur Barnes, officers Rebecca Villalona and Trekelle Perkins “as all pressuring him to file charges against Zimmerman after the incident,” an FBI report said. “Serino did not believe he had enough evidence at the time to file charges.”

The summary of Serino’s statement does not mention the race of the officers who allegedly pressured him, but sources told The Miami Herald that Barnes and Perkins are black, and Villalona is married to an African-American man. All three, the source said, had been called in by their supervisor and questioned about leaking information in the case.

On March 20, 2012, State attorney Norm Wolfinger announced that a Seminole County grand jury would be convened on April 10 to investigate the death of Martin.[121][122][123]

Kevin Cunningham petitions Florida Attorney General at Change.org.  500,000 Signatures reached by March 20, 2012 Source 1 :Source 2

March 20
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she was “devastated and deeply troubled” over the killing. “When someone loses his life at the hands of another, there cannot be any questions surrounding the circumstances of the death,” she said in a statement.

She said she had spoken with FDLE Commissioner Gerald M. Bailey, “and I know that a complete and thorough review of the facts will be conducted.”She added that while it is up to the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office to decide whether to file charges, “I will remain vigilant in ensuring that questions are answered.” Source

On March 21, 2012 IN NEW YORK CITY LIMO (With Crump) Pam Bondi (on phone): : “Hey Sybrina, Tracy, are you there. Hi. I am so very, very, sorry. As attorney general, I have absolutely no legal authority to take the case, and I looked, I tried.”  Source(6:04-6:38)

[Wow.  (She looked.  She tried.  She’s so very, very sorry).  Unbelievable.  Well, she can’t do it so…] 

Pam Bondi encourages the governor (Source) to assign Angela Corey (Pam Bondi’s friend and her Attorney General 2010 campaign chair, Angela Corey.  

However, after State Attorney Angela Corey was assigned to the case by Florida Governor Rick Scott on March 22, she decided that her office would decide whether to press charges. “…I foresee us being able to make a decision, and move on it on our own.“[54]

[Corey decided right away to cancel the grand jury, because she could “foresee.. being able to make a decision, and move on it.. on [their] own.”.  Oh, and I’m sure she did.   That decision had obviously already been made, they were already moving on it, and it was on their own (regardless of what “the investigation” found).  

In addition to cancelling the grand jury, Angela Corey also prayed with the parents of Trayvon Martin upon their first meeting, referred to Trayvon as a victim very early on, and had friendly telephone conversations with the anti-Zimmerman movement.  At other times simulating impartiality.]

“In a March 29 letter, a claims analyst with the Attorney General’s Office notified Fulton that she had been deemed eligible for the [victim] compensation benefits.”  Source

March 30
1:04 “What we care about is justice for Trayvon Martin’s family” [<pause, and as an afterthought>] “…and for both sides”
2:04“Shot, walking home”
2:28 “I’ve spoken to Trayvon’s parents, they are amazing people, and [their] lawyers, who are friends of mine…” 

[Wow.  That she would describe the attorneys representing one of the two sides in this case as her friends is, at the very least an example of blatant kowtowing in their favor. 

(Could you imagine if she had said, “I’ve spoken to George Zimmerman and his parents- they are amazing people, and his lawyers, who are friends of mine…”?   Of course not. She would have never said such a thing, even if it were true.  Which it would not be true since neither she, nor Angela Corey, nor the governor ever bothered to even talk to George Zimmerman (or his parents), much less offer any assurances that there would be justice for them.)

Not to mention that Zimmerman had not even hired a lawyer at that point for her to be friends with because he apparently had confidence in the fairness of the judicial system. (I bet he’ll never make that mistake again.)  The bias that came from the governor on down in this case is staggering and blatant.]

April 11 Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi released a statement saying she had full confidence in the charges.“ When I worked with Governor Scott to appoint State Attorney Angela Corey to the case involving Trayvon Martin, I did so with the full confidence that a swift and thorough investigation would be conducted,”

Bondi said in her statement. “Today, State Attorney Corey’s decision to press charges against George Zimmerman for the shooting of Trayvon demonstrates Corey’s commitment to bringing justice to Trayvon’s family and allowing due process for Zimmerman.” Source

April 11 Earlier in the day, special prosecutor Angela Corey announced the charges in a news conference.

“It is the search for justice for Trayvon that has brought us to this moment,” state attorney Corey said.

Corey also had a message for those who have been rushing to judgment on the case.

“You cannot know what it’s like to launch this type of investigation and come to this conclusion,” State Attorney Angela Corey said during the press conference.

We don’t prosecute by public pressure or petition. We prosecute cases on the relevant facts of each case and on the laws of the state of Florida.”  Source

[Utter bulls**t.]  

Could it be any more obvious that Zimmerman was railroaded due to public pressure?

Assuming the dates are correct on the comment made to Trayvon’s parents from Bondi on the phone and the declaration of the Martin’s as victims, does there need to be any further smoking gun?  

Attorney General Bondi had determined that Trayvon Martin was a victim two weeksbefore this “decision” was made.  Bondi was apologetically pleading with Martin’s parents to forgive her for being unable to prosecute Zimmerman herself twenty days before this “decision” was made.  

Keep in mind, Bondi obviously had it made up in her mind that she was going to have Zimmerman charged before Corey even took the case.  Before any FDLE investigation had been done to base it on.  Zimmerman was going to be prosecuted no matter what the investigation found.    

It makes me so angry that they are just getting away with this in the country I live in. At this point, I am really hoping that people get a sense of outrage and that this matter is investigated and appropriate action is taken. This is obviously not how our justice system is supposed to operate.

Zimmerman was obviously attackedobviously injured, and he was obviously the person screaming for help.  This was obviously a self-defense situation.  This has never been a murder case.   (The prosecution figures if they shoot for murder, Zimmerman may be intimidated into a plea for manslaughter or the jury will “compromise” on manslaughter.)

That this farce has been carried this far by the government of Florida is a shame. If there is justice the self-defense immunity hearing will find in Zimmerman’s favor, so that he has civil immunity.  I’m sorry Trayvon’s parents lost their son.  However, it would not be fair if the family of the assailant in this case goes on a suing spree, financially victimizing innocent parties, such as the homeowners in that neighborhood and George Zimmerman himself.


Almost all of my information and inspiration comes from some information in an article at the Conservative Tree House here (the part about Pam Bondi specifically. I don’t believe Trayvon’s parents are motivated purely by financial motives, etc.) and the timeline laid out by Diwataman in the comments section.  All I did was add formatting, comments, and some stuff from Wikipedia.


How the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin Debate Goes Down


Blue is what Zimmerman’s persecutors argue.  Red is what his defenders argue.  

  • Zimmerman murdered Trayvon.
  • No, Zimmerman was being attacked 1.3. and had a reasonable fear of great bodily harm or death 4.
  • Trayvon was the one defending himself, and he was the one in fear of great bodily harm or death.
  • Trayvon had no reason to be defending himself or to be in fear of great bodily harm or death. 2. 3.
  • Yes he did. Zimmerman aggressively chased Trayvon and then threatened Trayvon with his gun.

That’s it.  His persecutors have no place to go after this but the land of ludicrous.

Evidence References

  1. Zimmerman had significant injuries.
  2. Martin had no injuries except a cut on a finger.
  3. Witness(es) saw Trayvon on top of Zimmerman.
  4. Frantic cries for help are recorded on 911 calls.

The evidence indicates (or outright proves) that Trayvon was not chased, Trayvon was  not injured, and was not threatened by Z’s gun.  So how did Trayvon have any legitimate cause to attack Zimmerman?  He didn’t.  And why in the hell would it be Trayvon screaming for help? It wasn’t.


This has always been, at worst, a manslaughter case. The only serious questions in this case relate to manslaughter.   I think there are basically two approaches one could take to it:

  1. Zimmerman’s fear of imminent great bodily harm or death was not reasonable.  In other words, that he overreacted to a self-defense situation.
  2. Zimmerman’s actions (or inactions) contributed to the circumstances in a way that he should have reasonably anticipated.  In other words, he acted recklessly. 

I’ll approach the question of manslaughter in more detail in a future post,  but briefly:

1. While his injuries were not life-threatening, I believe the fact that Trayvon did not cease the attack while Zimmerman screamed for help (over and over), indicated a desire to really hurt Zimmerman.   Having already sustained a broken nose, I believe his fears of great bodily harm were reasonable.  (His screams for help are incredibly helpful to Zimmerman for so many reasons. Without them, the question of whether his belief was reasonable would be far more difficult to determine. This would be a different case.

[Note:  I am not ignoring Zimmerman’s claim that Trayvon threatened to kill Zimmerman and then reached for Zimmerman’s gun because I disbelieve Zimmerman, but because it can’t easily be proven, and it doesn’t need to be.]

2. I actually believe his actions were understandable and appropriate based on the circumstances as they appeared to be at the time.   I don’t believe he acted recklessly at all.  If I were to criticize anything it would have been placing himself in what he could have foreseen was a potentially  (but not likely)  possibility of a conflict, while armed.   However, as I said, I think he could not have reasonably foreseen that the guy would relentlessly attack him , nobody would help him, etc.  This wasn’t a shoot first, ask questions later situation.