State v. George Zimmerman (Pre-Trial) > Self-Defense and Stand Your Ground

Better to have been arrested?

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unitron:
If there were no immunity clause in Florida's Justifiable Use of Force law to prevent the SPD from arresting on the spot, would Zimmerman have been better off in the long run?

(perhaps lawyered up immediately, etc.)

Or is this too speculative a discussion to post here?

nomatter_nevermind:

--- Quote from: unitron on April 30, 2013, 04:59:49 PM ---If there were no immunity clause in Florida's Justifiable Use of Force law to prevent the SPD from arresting on the spot, would Zimmerman have been better off in the long run?

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The SPD probably would have held off arresting him until they were done questioning him (2/29). That was well before the story went national (3/7).

FromBelow:

--- Quote from: unitron on April 30, 2013, 04:59:49 PM ---If there were no immunity clause in Florida's Justifiable Use of Force law to prevent the SPD from arresting on the spot, would Zimmerman have been better off in the long run?

(perhaps lawyered up immediately, etc.)

Or is this too speculative a discussion to post here?

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Interesting question. It's almost on the level of if GZ had stayed in his truck would he have been better off in the long run.

There is nothing in the statutes (AFAIK & IANAL) that prevent LE from arresting anyone if there is probable cause. SPD found that the evidence and witnesses supported GZ's claim of having acted in self-defense.

A better question might be: Should LE have realized how much more a victim was going to end up suffering as the result of his act of self-defense and arrested him to lessen his suffering?

nomatter_nevermind:

--- Quote from: FromBelow on May 01, 2013, 01:20:30 AM ---SPD found that the evidence and witnesses supported GZ's claim of having acted in self-defense.

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Is there an official document showing the SPD made such a finding?

Serino filed an affidavit saying there was sufficient evidence to prosecute, without addressing the justification claim.

DebFrmHell:

--- Quote from: nomatter_nevermind on May 01, 2013, 02:54:31 AM ---Is there an official document showing the SPD made such a finding?

Serino filed an affidavit saying there was sufficient evidence to prosecute, without addressing the justification claim.

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So what was their evidence?  Wasn't the APC filed on the 15th?  If so...They didn't even have W8 when Serino filed that affidavit.  They didn't have Sybrina Fulton until the 17th, IIRC.

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