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 because he assumed he was a distraction to the inquiry.
Criminal defense attorney, Randy Zelin said today on Studio B, "I've always thought from the beginning that this case was problematic from an evidential viewpoint They don't know who the aggressor was, therefore I believe the police chief basically acted rather diligently, moderately, in really not knowing what to do. We do not what input he got from the prosecution and I believe on some level he's being made to be a fall guy."
Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in pronouncing, "Look, clearly mistakes were made of the beginning. Manifestly with hindsight which is ideal, which is twenty / 20, he should've been charged at the time. He should've been restrained for some 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."
About Florida's Stand Your Ground law the judge announced, "The problem with the law is, as Randy pointed it out, you can really commence this complete thing yourself. You can become the opening aggressor, which is what the govt is going to assert [George] Zimmerman was and it may depend on what the evidence shows, and still claim the protection of the law. Most statutes that permit self-protection permit you to use force or violence to defend yourself, don't 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 getting ready to inflict 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 on which they can come to the same conclusion that he did. If he fails to present that basis, the court will not let the testimony go in.".
Tags: Trayvon Martin, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, Jr