My original take on the selection of Angela Corey as special prosecutor is that it was really bad news for Zimmerman, that she would go all-out to get him convicted. “Angela Corey is going to want to become the hero who convicts the most evil man to ever walk the face of the earth since Hitler,” I wrote on March 23rd.
But then I made the mistake of reading the blog of MacRanger who claimed to have inside information that Zimmerman wasn’t going to be prosecuted. That guy turned out to be wrong about everything. What a moron.
Zimmerman needs to find a quality criminal lawyer fast, and not some DUI attorney from a 5th tttier law school.
SECOND DEGREE MURDER
Back on March 28th I predicted that “Zimmerman is going to be charged with a lesser type of murder, such as ‘manslaughter.’” And today the prediction has been proven true. Zimmerman is charged with “second degree murder” which is the Florida equivalent of manslaughter.
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Commenters have corrected my false assumption about Florida's criminal law statutes. In florida, "Second degree murder" would appear to be a more serious charge than "manslaughter."
§ 782.04(2) The unlawful killing of a human being, when perpetrated by any act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind regardless of human life, although without any premeditated design to effect the death of any particular individual, is murder in the second degree and constitutes a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life or as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
But remember that "manslaughter" and "second degree murder" mean different things in different states. There's very little uniformity in murder statutes.