O'Mara to get George Zimmerman Discovery Monday
Mark O'Mara will begin getting discovery tomorrow in the George Zimmerman case. The media and public are unlikely to get it right away. O'Mara has said he will file for a motion to seal some of it, particularly the information with witness names, and the State's Attorney agrees with him and has said her office won't make it publicly available on Monday.
It will include crime scene photos, Trayvon's autopsy, Zimmerman's five statements to authorities, witness statements, and crime lab work — if it's been completed — on clothing and Zimmerman's handgun.
I'm not sure what is sealable about the autopsy report or lab tests, but I don't blame O'Mara for wanting time to review it before it's publicly released.
Our older Zimmerman threads are full, so here's a place to discuss the anticipated discovery and legal issues. (Note: You may not use this site to link to petitions and argue for restrictions on stand your ground laws. I oppose such restrictions and do not support more gun control laws. Keep your comments to the law's application to the Zimmerman case or other past or pending cases.) [More..]
Also keep in mind that despite what certain newspapers report, race is not an element of the charges and the state has not accused Zimmerman of racially profiling Trayvon Martin. It has alleged he profiled Trayvon as a criminal. The affidavit for probable does not even contain the word race. It also disavows that he spoke a racial slur.
Thus, please refrain using this thread to post your personal view of whether Zimmerman engaged in racial profiling or stated a racial slur. Since as of now, the state has not made race an issue, it's not going to be an issue here. If you aren't sure if your comment is on topic or violates our rules, save a copy on your computer in case it gets deleted.
Also, remember to state your views as your opinion, not fact, and don't misrepresent disputed facts as undisputed. And do not proclaim Zimmerman (or any defendant who has not been convicted) guilty. Your views on what the evidence shows or needs to show for a conviction or acquittal is allowed, your conclusion that he is guilty is not.
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