The Madeleine Brand Show for April 11, 2012

What's next in the Trayvon Martin murder case?

Protesters Attend Million Hoodie March For Trayvon Martin In Los Angeles

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People lift a box containing letters to be delivered to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder during a rally to demand justice for the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Los Angeles, California.

Yesterday, attorneys representing George Zimmerman announced they were withdrawing from the case. The lawyers say Zimmerman went against their advice and spoke directly with the prosecutor who will decide if he's going to faces any charges.

Jacksonville State Attorney Angela Corey, appointed special prosecutor in the death investigation of Trayvon Martin, is expected to make an announcement in the next few days.

If the Trayvon Martin murder case ends up in a court room, what evidence would be presented to a jury? That's the question Emily Bazelon pondered in a recent article for Slate.

Zimmerman's former attorneys also held a press conference with the media yesterday. They said protests over the shooting of Trayvon Martin had pushed Zimmerman "a little bit over the edge," which raised some concerns about ethics and confidentiality, Bazelon said.

Angela Corey decided not to convene a Grand Jury which under Florida law means Zimmerman is not being charged with first-degree murder. However, Bazelon mentioned that charges like second-degree murder, manslaughter or aggravated assault with a weapon could still be brought upon Zimmerman.


Emily Bazelon is a Senior Editor at Slate and a fellow at Yale Law School.

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