Does anyone believe public pressure didn't matter?

Published On: Apr 17 2012 10:46:18 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 17 2012 05:02:00 PM EDT
Glenna Milberg Blog
SANFORD, Fla. -

Before the judge sealed Trayvon Martin’s murder case -- a move news organizations are now challenging -- one of the documents filed raises a significant question about the timing of George Zimmerman’s arrest.  The prosecutor made a point to say her decision to charge was unaffected by public outcry or pressure.  A look at the Probable Cause Affidavit indicates otherwise.

The Probable Cause Affidavit is the outline of the specific evidence on which prosecutors base their decision to file charges, second degree murder in this case. 

Every piece of evidence cited on that affidavit had been available to investigators for weeks, much of it since the night of the shooting.  So why did it take almost seven weeks to charge?

We’ve asked prosecutors more than once.  They do not answer directly. 

You can read the two-page affidavit for yourself here.

The evidence cited:

If there is some fact, some link, some witness, some testimony prosecutors unearthed since the governor-appointed the special prosecution team on March 22nd, they didn't include it in their argument for probable cause.

And if they didn't include it, they didn't need it to support their second-degree murder charge.

And if they didn't need it, if they had all those elements in the days after the shooting, certainly by week three, why didn't they file then?  Why didn’t they arrest and charge Zimmerman before the outcry, before the rallies, before the 24/7 media blitzkrieg?

To be clear, at the other end of this judicial process, Zimmerman may well be cleared of this charge, or found not guilty.  But the standard to start that process is probable cause.  And prosecutors, by their own account, had that, almost from the beginning.

Public pressure didn't matter?   Really?