George Zimmerman acquittal: U of D Mercy law professor reacts - New York News

George Zimmerman acquittal: U of D Mercy law professor reacts

Posted: Updated:
George Zimmerman George Zimmerman
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Detroit is now one of more than 100 cities planning a peaceful demonstration on Saturday after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

"On July 20, we are going to march and demonstrate at 211 West Fort Street, which is the United States Department of Justice," said Rev. Charles Williams II with the Detroit Chapter of the National Action Network.

The NAACP is urging the Department of Justice to file federal charges against Zimmerman. The petition already has almost a million signatures.

"You can go to NationalActionNetwork.net to sign the petition that's going across the country," Williams said.

University of Detroit Mercy law professor Larry Dubin said another Zimmerman trial is unlikely.

"There's a fairly high burden necessary in order to bring that type of federal charge after you get an acquittal," he explained.

Dubin said the prosecution dropped the ball, citing a series of prosecutorial mistakes, including poor witnesses and overreaching on the second-degree murder charge.

"To win a trial like that, a circumstantial evidence trial, you have to have a very specific theory of your case. They never developed a theory of their case," Dubin said. "The jury has to find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That reasonable doubt, I think, could explain why even very sympathetic jurors could've had a difficult time in finding guilt in this case."

Florida's stand your ground law was a focal point during the trail, but in the end, it is not what Zimmerman chose as his defense, a shrewd move by his defense team.

"Instead of having the judge have to deny stand your ground, they simply went and had the trial and let the jury decide that issue, and it paid off," Dubin said.

"There is something wrong when this young man is walking down the street with some candy and some iced tea and he ends up being shot. To me, there was some viable criminal act that probably took place that was never established in the courtroom," the professor added.

Michigan's stand your ground law was updated in 2006 and now more closely resembles the Florida law.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:48:47 GMT
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
  • Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:34:04 GMT
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
  • NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    NYC to overhaul Superstorm Sandy rebuilding program

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-04-18 01:30:41 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a sweeping report Thursday that examined New York City's recovery progress from Superstorm Sandy and promised to reform a much-maligned program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes. Speaking to about 50 homeowners, officials and community leaders in a storm-battered Staten Island neighborhood, the mayor said the city is aiming to start rebuilding an ambitious 500 homes through its federally funded Build-It-Back program.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices