Police Chief in the Trayvon Martin case permanently resigned
Rob Houglum LeadLinkMedia.com Monday, April 23, 2012
The police chief in the Trayvon Martin case is permanently resigning effective tonight. Just last month, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, Jr. Momentarily stepped down as he believed he was a distraction to the investigation.
Criminal defense lawyer, Randy Zelin said today on Studio B, "I've always thought from the start this case was problematical from an evidential viewpoint They do not know who the aggressor was, so I suspect the police chief essentially acted rather conscientiously, moderately, in truly not knowing what to do. We don't what input he got from the prosecution and I suspect on some level he's being made to be a fall guy."
Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in announcing, "Look, glaringly mistakes were made from the very beginning. Glaringly with hindsight which is ideal, which is twenty / 20, he should've been charged at the time. He should've been restrained for some unknown reason and some charges filed against him, but we know now that the prosecutors know a lot more than what the police knew at the time."
Relating to Florida's Stand Your Ground law the judge announced, "The issue with the law is, as Randy pointed it out, you can basically commence this entire thing yourself. You can become the opening aggressor, which is what the govt. is going to assert [George] Zimmerman was and it may rely on what the proof shows, and still claim the protection under law. Most ordinances that permit self-protection allow you to use force or violence to protect yourself, do not enable you to do so when you started the entire thing."
Lee speaks to the the media during a news conference, March 22, 2012.
Shepard Smith asked, is the word "reasonable" drafted in the law anywhere? Zelin noted that "reasonable belief" is in the law and Judge Napolitano explained, "Your belief the other person is preparing to impose dangerous force on you, must be a reasonable belief. So for the jury to take this defense into account at the time of his trial, Mr. Zimmerman must present them a basis upon which they can come to the same judgement that he probably did. If he fails to present that basis, the court won't let the testimony go in.".
Tags: Trayvon Martin, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, Jr