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. Briefly stepped down as he thought he used to be a distraction to the inquiry.
Criminal defense solicitor, Randy Zelin said today on Studio B, "I've always thought from the beginning that this case was tricky from an evidential perspective They don't know who the aggressor was, therefore I think the police chief basically acted rather conscientiously, reasonably, in truly without knowing what to do. We do not what input he got from the prosecution and I think on some level he's being made to be a fall guy."
Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in pronouncing, "Look, glaringly mistakes were made from the very beginning. Glaringly with hindsight which is ideal, which is 20 / twenty, he should've been charged at the time. He should've been restrained for some reason and some charges filed against him, but we now know 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 claimed, "The issue with the law is, as Randy pointed it out, that you can actually commence this whole thing yourself. You can become the opening aggressor, which is what the govt. is going to say [George] Zimmerman was and it's going to depend on what the proof shows, and still claim the protection under the law. Most statutes that let self-protection allow you to use force or violence to defend yourself, do not permit 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 about to impose devastating force on you, must be a reasonable belief. So in order 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 inference that he probably did. If he fails to present that basis, the court won't let the sworn statement go in.".
Tags: Trayvon Martin, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, Jr