In this handout provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, George Zimmerman poses for a mug shot in this 2005 booking photo in Florida. At the time Zimmerman was arrested and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest by the Florida Department of Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco, charges that were eventually dropped. On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by George Michael Zimmerman who was on neighborhood watch patrol in the gated community of The Retreat at Twin Lakes in the city of Sanford, Florida.
George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old man who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, will be charged in the 17-year-old’s death, a law enforcement official said today. Special prosecutor Angela Corey is expected to announce the charges against Zimmerman at a news conference set for later today. Zimmerman’s arrest is also expected soon.
Do you think that Zimmerman should have been arrested sooner or should his claims of self defense legally facilitate his avoidance of arrest?
Stan Goldman, professor of criminal law and criminal procedure, Loyola Law School