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March 30th, 2012
11:47 AM ET

Could Zimmerman's dad's influence as a judge have led to him not being arrested for Trayvon's death? Lou Palumbo explains

Retired officer Lou Palumbo on possible influence George Zimmerman's dad, a judge, had on charges in Trayvon Martin case.

He also explains how the much discussed "Stand Your Ground" law may not apply in the Trayvon Martin case.


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  1. BurntOffering

    Don’t Let Folks Spin & Get Twisted What We Know So Far

    Forty-five days ago an unarmed17 year old boy by the name of Trayvon Martin on his way home from a convenience store was killed by George Zimmerman. The Sanford, Florida police chief told the parents of Trayvon and the rest of the world that he found “No Probable Cause” to arrest the killer due to the 2005 Stand Your Ground Law (SYGL). When Al Sharpton, an activist and the host of MSNBC’s Politic Nation got involved with other radio personalities a massive outcry was heard all over the world. Subsequently a vote of “No Confidence” was made against the police chief who stepped aside from the case but is still on paid leave. Then we learned the State Prosecutor met or at least talked with a judge who is the father of the killer released and allowed to freely go home. As the outcry grew stronger, people were told that the SP set up a Grand Jury for April 10th, recued himself and was replaced by another SP assigned by the governor.

    So for those who want to know what happens now; here are the questions left before us. Why was Zimmerman let go in the 1st place on "no probably cause" when this SP obviously found reason to believe 2nd degree murder should be charged.

    2ndly will the 2nd SP fight the SYGL if used by Zimmerman’s attorney or will he be released by another Judge who agrees with the SYGL principals. Why did Trayvon's body stay at the morgue for 3 days when the police report shows he was a minor and they had his cell phone.

    3rd why has the right wing media and presidential candidates ignored the plight of kids like Trayvon and passed SYGL in over 20 states with the help of the NRA and ALEC? Instead of trying to repeal or reform SYGLs I think, congress should pass a Bill called the Trayvon Martin Trump Card. This bill will over-ride all SYGLs and allow the family of a minor and unarmed person killed by cops or those on a neighborhood watch to be charged with 2nd degree murder.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse | Reply

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