Trayvon: George Zimmerman Makes First Court Appearance in the Trayon Martin Case

Forty-seven days after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the Orlando, Florida suburb of Sanford, Zimmerman made his first court appearance Thursday.

Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder in the 17-year-old’s death.

Seminole County Judge Mark Herr set Zimmerman’s arraignment for May 29. Zimmerman will be pleading not guilty on that date.

Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, asked that records containing personal information on witnesses be sealed. O’Mara did not ask that Zimmerman be released on bail, although he said earlier he would like a bond to be set for his client. He added, however, that being out on bail could jeopardize Zimmerman’s safety.

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With all the police fuckups in this case a second degree murder charge won't stick.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

These are small town police. How many times have those who came to the scene dealt with a killing? They screwed up big time!

From what has been reported so far, here and elsewhere, it doesn't appear to be murder to me. By leaving his car, Zimmerman used poor judgement. I really don't think he ever intended to use his gun. I certainly don't think he was intending to kill anyone! It does appear to be a case of manslaughter. But I am not an attorney.


I have never been accused of being a prude. Growing up where I did, when I was on the local playground with my friends, I used that word frequently, as well as other "4 letter words" and a couple of the hyphenated ones. I am offended by gratuitous use of such language, however.

to describe the actions of the Sanford Police Department? "Mess up" isn't strong enough to accurately describe the failures of the SPD. "Mistakes" doesn't fit because some of the actions of the SPD appear to be intentional. "Gross incompetence" is too big of a word for most of the audience on SwampBubbles. "Fuckup" just felt like the right word to use and I still feel it is the most apt descriptor I can come up with for the SPD's procedural failures.

I could go on, but a great man said it much better than I could ever hope to:

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

Maybe it's a generational thing. I'm too old to believe that one can't find a strong enough modifier without the use of the F-word. The F-word is so coarse and vulgar to me, I just can't accept its use in this context.

Don't act like such a pansy.

I agree with the latter. Zim's lawyer would be a fool to let SDM stick. The charge itself was levied for political purposes and any lawyer worth his salt should stomp that flat.

But letting it go to a MS charge? Bullshit. The reason why SDM can't stick is that (1) there's no intent and (2) there's a clear case of self defense in the case. The 2nd option also makes MS too difficult to prove.

by a solid, conservative Republican Governor. We'll see what happens at trial.

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