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Arrest George Zimmerman

omapian2 Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 6:40 PM
The US Supreme Court has repeatedly held that seizure without a warrant is per se unconstitutional, absent well established exceptions. The proper legal course is to investigate before making an arrest. Recall the low speed pursuit of O.J Simpson who was not arrested until AFTER a warrant was issued. Let a grand jury takes testimony under oath or affirmation, and examine evidence without filtering by politically motivated activists. If there is sufficient probable cause, the grand jury will indict. That is the appropriate time for an arrest leading to the trial by jury.
Jay Wye Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 6:54 PM
I was reading somewhere today that once an arrest is made a "clock" begins in which the authorities have a limited time to bring the accused before a court of law,that "right to a speedy trial" thing in the Constitution. So they are careful to not arrest until they have enough evidence to support a trial,they don't want to get caught waiting for lab results to come in or conclusive evidence to be discovered.
omapian2 Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 7:01 PM
Not only is there a speedy trial clock, the accused is afforded a number of rights including the suppression of evidence obtained post arrest that would otherwise be permitted to justify a warrant for an arrest.
There is absolutely no advantage to a premature arrest just to satisfy a mob of journalists.
omapian2 Wrote: Apr 05, 2012 7:17 PM
An unfortunate byproduct of premature arrest is the narrow focus on the guilt of the accused beyond a reasonable doubt. In Feb. 1999 4 NYC police officers fired 41 shots to kill an unarmed man. The prosecution was unable to convince a jury that the officers set out deliberately to murder Amadou Diallo. The not guilty verdict effectively ended the public interest in the case. Polce practices were not changed.

In the whole swirling political/media uproar over Trayvon Martin's shooting, only two things are indisputably clear: A 17-year-old boy is dead, and George Zimmerman shot him.

Nothing we can do can bring Trayvon back. It's clear from all versions of this event that Trayvon did not deserve to die. It is not clear whether his death is a result of murder, manslaughter or what the law calls "justifiable homicide" -- a legal term for an intentional death that is not a criminal act.

The other thing we can know for sure is that this case has exploded in the media in...