Zimmerman prosecutor indicted for allegely falsifying arrest warrant and complaint


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(Ocala, Florida, July 2, 2013). Florida State’s Attorney Angela Corey has been indicted by a citizens’ grand jury, convening in Ocala, Florida, over the falsification of the arrest warrant and complaint that led to George Zimmerman being charged with the second degree murder of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

Zimmerman prosecutor indicted for allegely falsifying arrest warrant and complaint

The indictment of Corey, which was handed down last week (see www.citizensgrandjury.com), charges Corey with intentionally withholding photographic evidence of the injuries to George Zimmerman’s head in the warrant she allegedly rushed to issue under oath, in an effort to boost her reelection prospects. At the outset of this case, black activists such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who whipped up wrath against Zimmerman, demanded that he be charged with murder, after local police had thus far declined to arrest him pending investigation.

Following Corey’s criminal complaint charging Zimmerman, legal experts such as Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz condemned her for falsely signing an arrest affidavit under oath, which intentionally omitted exculpatory evidence consisting of the photographs showing the injuries Zimmerman sustained, and rushing to charge him with second degree murder under political pressure. Dershowitz called her actions unethical and themselves crimes (http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/drop-george-zimmerman-murder-charge-article-1.1080161).

Larry Klayman, a former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor, a Florida lawyer since 1977, and now the “citizens’ prosecutor” presided over the Ocala grand jury and said this: “The Supreme Court has confirmed that the grand jury belongs to the American people, not the three branches of government. (504 U.S. 36, 48 (1992) (quoting United States v. R. Enterprises, Inc., 498 U.S. 292, 297 (1991)). By indicting Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, the people are exercising their God given rights, recognized by our Founding Fathers, to mete out justice when the political and legal establishment subverts the rule of law. Hopefully, this indictment will serve as a warning to the political and legal establishment that they are not above the law. Ironically, Corey will now be tried and likely convicted for her alleged crimes – which resulted in Zimmerman being charged under false pretenses, now coming home to roost during Zimmerman’s on-going trial. Corruption cannot be tolerated, particularly by law enforcement officers who are elected by the people to serve their ends, not the law enforcement officer’s political ends.”

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While citizen convened Grand Juries are not common in modern times they still have the full force of the Constitution and law. Educating modern prosecuting attorneys and judges may be necessary. Here is a law professor’s statement on Grand Juries.

“Grand juries also acted as a sword, seeking out corruption and preferring charges on their own. The classic example of a grand jury’s acting as a sword is a runaway grand jury in New York in the 1930’s; the grand jurors ignored prosecutors and embarked upon their own investigation into municipal corruption. They eventually began cooperating with Thomas E. Dewey, a prosecutor whom they felt they could trust, and returned indictments against a variety of defendants, including well-known Mafia members.

As these examples may illustrate, the rationale for employing grand juries is in some senses analogous to the rationale for using trial jurors; both interject the common sense perspective of the average man or woman into the criminal justice system. For this reason, the grand jury has been described as “the voice of the community,” in that it interjects a lay perspective into the earliest part of the criminal justice system, i.e., the investigative and charging processes. When the grand jury functions as it was intended to, the grand jurors both collaborate with prosecutors and act as a check on them. As a check, the grand jurors can either decline to bring charges sought by a prosecutor or decide to bring charges that have not been sought by a prosecutor.

The grand jury – which has also been described as the “Grand Inquisition” – conducts its proceedings in secret and has the power to subpoena witnesses and physical evidence, i.e., to require that testimony and evidence be brought before it. The failure to comply with a grand jury subpoena results in one being held in civil contempt and incarcerated until the witness complies; currently, the record for time served due to civil contempt is eight years. The Supreme Court has refused to apply the Miranda rule to the grand jury, so there is no right to counsel and no right to silence when one is subpoenaed by a grand jury. Witnesses can invoke their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination (which is much narrower than the Miranda rule) and any applicable evidentiary privileges as the basis for refusing to testify or otherwise comply with a grand jury’s demands.

The most unfortunate aspect of the modern grand jury is that because grand jurors tend to be ignorant of their role, they fall under the sway of prosecutors and, to use Sol Wachsler’s infamous phrase, are “willing to indict a ham sandwich” if asked to do so. The secrecy surrounding the role of the grand jury makes it very much a mystery to the general public; citizens’ only image of jurors comes from media and news portrayals of trial jurors, and trial jurors are entirely passive. This has subtly changed the functioning of grand juries over the last century or so, with the result being that they are far less independent than they used to be. This, in turn, is an unfortunate state of affairs, as it undermines the purpose of utilizing the “voice of the community.”

7 Responses

  1. Ascot says:

    WOW! Look at the face on that thing, yet the Office of Florida’s State Attorney is an ‘elected position’.
    That picture of her leads me to believe that the Florida electorate must be either all blind or retarded.

    I also would like to see a photograph of Trayvon Martin at his age of seventeen, not the ones continually put on display of when he was eleven, and fourteen.

    • 5 War Veteran says:

      Not everybody can be as pretty as me.

    • FRAN says:

      at 6 foot and 200 pounds he overpowered george easy…17 never had a job..1000 dollars of tatoos..6 or 8 gold teeth..POOR PIECE OF SHIT TRAYVON his mother didnt want him so she sent him back to dead beat dad and now that they settled for millions of dollars with the HOA they will milk it for all its worth…by the way where is that piece of shit AL SHARPTON??????

  2. 5 War Veteran says:

    Common sense huh? Something that does not seem to be running in most of our legal beagles these days.
    How about the fact that the media shows a picture of a 14 year old Trayvon Martin instead of a 17 year old Trayvon Martin? A lot of difference 3 years make. Especially in experience and attitude.
    They immediately pushed this as a race crime with Zimmerman being the criminal. Who attacked whom? Who is 10 foot tall and bullet proof?

    What about the FAILURE of the SYSTEM when it comes to handling evidence? Trayvon’s clothing was bagged while still wet and the resulting molds destroy DNA evidence.

    Is Zimmerman guilty? If he is not a police officer why was he wearing a holstered weapon? Not that it is illegal because it is not. What circumstances brought these two together?

    Read it here:

    (CNN) — Jurors got to hear George Zimmerman’s story in his own words for the first time Monday as his interviews with police were played in court.

    The former neighborhood watch captain is charged with second-degree murder for killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman told police he was pursuing the teenager because there had been a rash of crime in the area. A confrontation ensued, and Zimmerman said he was forced to kill Martin.

    “I tried to defend myself,” Zimmerman said during his first police interview the night of the shooting. “He just started punching me in the face, and I started screaming for help. I couldn’t see. I couldn’t breathe.”

    Tape of Zimmerman’s retelling of the confrontation between him and Martin could bolster the defense’s key contention: that Zimmerman reacted in self-defense.

    Zimmerman began his interview with investigator Doris Singleton by saying that there had been a lot of crime in the area and that he had started a neighborhood watch program. He said he spotted Martin, whom he thought looked suspicious, and began to follow him.

    At some point, Martin circled Zimmerman’s car as he followed him through the neighborhood, Zimmerman said, then the teenager disappeared into the “darkness.”

    “The dispatcher told me ‘Where are you?’ and I said ‘I am trying to find out where he went,’ and he said, ‘We don’t need you to do that,’ and I said ‘OK,’ ” Zimmerman told the investigator.

    Zimmerman then started to head back to his car, he said, but never got there.

    “(Martin) jumped out from the bushes, and he said, ‘What the (expletive) is your problem, homie?’ And I got my cell phone out to call 911 this time, and I said, ‘I don’t have a problem.’ And he goes, ‘Now you have a problem,’ and he punched me in the nose,” Zimmerman told the investigator.

    Zimmerman said the blow knocked him to the ground, and Martin got on top of him.

    “He puts his hand on my nose and my mouth, and he says ‘You are going to die tonight,’ ” said Zimmerman. “As he banged my head again, I just pulled out my firearm and shot him… He is mounted on top of me, and I just shot him, and he falls off. And he’s, like, ‘Alright you got it, you got it.’ “

    Zimmerman met with police the day after the shooting to walk them through what he says happened the night he shot Martin. This interview was videotaped and played for jurors on Monday.

    The lead investigator on the case, Chris Serino, met with Zimmerman briefly the night of the shooting and again three days later. He was the same officer who responded to the Martin family’s missing person report, and he had some tough questions for Zimmerman to answer. He wanted to know why Zimmerman never identified himself as a neighborhood watch captain.

    “Was it fear, precaution, safety or all of the above?” asked Serino.

    “I didn’t want to confront him,” said Zimmerman.

    Zimmerman insisted several times during this second interview that he didn’t follow Martin and that he only exited his vehicle to find a street sign so he could give the location to police. Serino wanted to know why, after three years of living there, Zimmerman didn’t know the names of the streets in his neighborhood.

    “To be honest with you, I have a bad memory anyway,” said Zimmerman.

    Serino also wanted Zimmerman to tell him why he felt Martin looked suspicious.

    “He was looking at the house intently, the same house I had called about before. He stopped in front of the house,” said Zimmerman. “You know what, he’s not walking briskly to get out of the rain. He didn’t look like a marathon runner who trains in the rain. He was just walking slowly, and I said something’s off. So that’s why I called non-emergency.”

    Serino went on to play that call that Zimmerman made to police, stopping it along the way to press Zimmerman on certain statements he made, such as when he said the suspect looked like he was on drugs.

    “On drugs, why?” asked Serino.

    “He kept looking around. Looking behind him, just kept shifting where he was looking,” said Zimmerman.

    “‘Something’s wrong with him’ — what’s that statement?” asks Serino.

    “I don’t know,” said Zimmerman.

    At another point in the call, Zimmerman insisted to Serino that he wasn’t following Martin, saying, “I was just going in the same direction as he was.”

    “That’s following,” Serino responded.

    Serino also pointed out a specific point in the call where he says it would have taken Zimmerman a minute and 20 seconds to return to his car.

    “You’re in the rain getting wet … you see where the obstacle is here? I want you to think about that. I’m speaking for you … it doesn’t sound like you quite recall exactly what happened at that point,” said Serino. “It sounds like you’re looking for him … you want to catch the bad guy. (Expletive) punk can’t get away… Did you pursue this kid? Did you want to catch him?”

    “No,” said Zimmerman.

    The investigator then played a 911 call made by one of Zimmerman’s neighbors, which captures screaming in the background and the gunshot that killed Martin.

    “You hear that voice in the background? That’s you. You hear yourself?” asked Serino.

    “That doesn’t even sound like me,” said Zimmerman.

    “I can’t pinpoint where you were smothered, that’s the problem I’m having,” said Serino. “We don’t hear (Martin) at all either. Is he being quiet? Is he whispering to you or something? Is he calm?”

    “He’s on top of me and he’s telling me to, ‘Shut the (expletive) up, shut the (expletive) up,’” said Zimmerman.

    When defense attorney Mark O’Mara cross-examined Serino, he tried to downplay some of the Serino’s aggressive questioning, referring to it as a “challenge interview” and calling it a police technique.

    “It’s either going to tell you that you got him … or it may confirm that he’s, for the most part, telling you the truth,” said O’Mara.

    “Yes sir,” said Serino

    “In this case, you didn’t have much to hit him with?” asked O’Mara.

    “No, sir, I did not,” said Serino.

    At one point during his interview with Zimmerman, Serino bluffed that he may have video of the incident shot on Martin’s cellphone.

    “I believe (Zimmerman’s) words were, ‘Thank God, I was hoping somebody would videotape it,’” said Serino. “Either he was telling the truth or he was a complete pathological liar. One of the two.”

    Serino says nothing indicated to him that Zimmerman was a liar.

    “You think he was telling the truth?” asked O’Mara.

    “Yes,” said Serino.

    Earlier Monday, in a surprise move, prosecutors called FBI senior scientist Hirotaka Nakasone to the stand to testify on whether it was possible to conduct voice analysis of the screams on a 911 call from the night of the shooting.

    Nakasone has already testified as a defense witness in an evidentiary hearing about the admissibility of voice analysis technology and was slated to be called by the defense during its case.

    Nakasone said the science of voice recognition cannot reliably identify the screams on the call, but he did say that someone who knows whoever was screaming on the call may be the best person to identify the voice. Prosecutors may have called Nakasone to help support the testimony of Martin’s parents, who may testify that they recognize the screams as coming from their son.

    Referring to the limitations of the technology, defense attorney Don West asked, “Science really doesn’t help us in this case figure out who is screaming?”

    “Unfortunately, that is correct,” said Nakasone.

    Testimony is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, when lead investigator Serino is expected to continue answering questions from the defense.

    Read more: http://fox59.com/2013/07/01/george-zimmerman-trayvon-martin-attacked-me/#ixzz2Y5TmU815

    When it comes to being a racial incident, what I see is Zimmerman who looks Hispanic and Martin who is Black. What were the racial tendencies in that neighborhood and does it go both ways?

    • Truthmatters says:

      Stop and think about this picture too the prosecution tied to sell us. You are in a fight beating your victim to a bloody pulp bashing his head into the sidewalk, doing all of this while yelling for “help” 10 or 15 times. My intelligence has been insulted. What I find hard to believe is that ANY aggressor, the one ON TOP would be yelling for help.There is no way the thug was yelling for help while kicking the snot out of Zimmerman, his victim. Just not possible. The guy on the “bottom” of the pile getting his head bashed in is the guy yelling for help. The guy who heard the aggressor say, “tonight you will die” is perfectly justified in killing the aggressor just on those words alone. Any rational man getting his clock cleaned in this way and then warned his final minute was upon him was clearly justified in pulling the trigger. In my opinion, JUSTICE was served. Offending another sensibility is the fact that if Martin was truly scared then he should have run home, closed the door and told mama and papa that he was scared. Did he do that? Hell no. He did the complete opposite. Martin confronted Zimmerman and asked him if he had a problem. When Zimmerman said no, the 6′ 2 ” little child Martin told Zimmerman, “Well you do now” and proceeded like a scared angelic saint, to punch and break Zimmerman’s nose sending Zimmerman to the ground where again, the nice scared little angel Martin proceeded to pummel Zimmerman using mixed martial arts style blows to Zimmerman’s head. What a really scared nice little angelic boy this Martin thug was huh? No, any rational thinking man or woman who is objective would look at this situation and determine clearly who is aggressively kicking the snot out of someone else. This case is so clear cut. The only reason Zimmerman was arrested is because of the threat of black mobs going on the attack. Justice was served. Zimmerman defended his own life. To the black community, teach your children to be angels and run home when they have fear. The absolute truth is simple. Treyvon Martin was no saint and he definitely was NOT scared. He (Martin) was aggressive in his distaste for being watched or followed. He behaved like a thug and I believe in my mind that had Martin gone for and gotten to the gun first, then Zimmerman would have been shot 7 times and the city would have celebrated that another black man had killed a white looking man and no black riots would have been threatened. it would have been just another normal day in the hood. Blacks kill, oh well, that is normal. White man kills a black man in self defense and the black community becomes enraged and shows pictures of a 12 year old boy with a smile instead of the TRUE NATURE of the 17 year old thug with an angry disposition and probably high of drugs at the time as well. Justice served. Zimmerman is innocent and acted appropriately. Self defense. Case Closed.

      • 5 War Veteran says:

        Racial prejudice is being kept alive by blacks and others who want race problems and race riots. The simple facts are that black on black crime far exceeds white on black crime as well as black on white crime.
        Reverse prejudice is promoting the old paradigm. It keeps prejudice alive in a time when the people of America should be evolving away from such things.

        Who is to blame? Who uses the N-word more than any other racial group? Blacks. It is in the music, on television, and heard regularly in schools and neighborhoods. I was not raised this way. Nobody I know was raised this way and the military does not act this way.

        Yet who is in the best position to make this go away, to make inroads into ending racism? Our very own Barry Sotero! Alias Barack Obama. Yet what has he done as president besides undermine the US Constitution and terrorize unfortunate people overseas?

        You really have to feel sorry for Michelle living in that prison called the White House. Life sucks when you are the First Lady, having to deal with children and multimillion dollar vacations and 4 personal assistants and all. What a tough life not having to wait in unemployment lines and welfare lines and medical lines. Not having to worry that your children will be poisoned with vaccines.
        We understand don’t we?

  3. Michael J. Marsalek says:

    Let the Zimmerman case serve as notice as to what can happen and how difficult it is to prove innocence when anyone is falsely accused.

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