Trayvon Martin Case Will Not Go to Grand Jury; Both Sides Await Decision on George Zimmerman

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The special prosecutor investigating the shooting death of Trayvon Martin ruled out using a grand jury in the case, meaning her office alone will decide whether or not to charge the teenager's killer, George Zimmerman, with a crime.

Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Angela Corey, a seasoned state attorney based in Jacksonville, to take over the Trayvon Martin case as special prosecutor.

"State Attorney Angela Corey has decided not to use a grand jury in the Trayvon Martin shooting death investigation," her office said in a statement.

"At this time, the investigation continues and there will be no further comment." It's very much unclear when a decision will be reached in the case.

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Martin's death has captured national attention because of racial profiling and Florida's controversial self-defense laws, prompting demonstrations across the U.S.

The unarmed Martin, 17, was black and Zimmerman, 28, the neighborhood watchman who has not been charged with a crime, is white and Hispanic.

A demonstration Monday temporarily shut down the police department in Sanford, Fla., the epicenter of the case and where the shooting took place.

Sanford police declined to arrest Zimmerman after the shooting, saying they found no evidence to contradict his account that he acted in self-defense.

Police cited Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force against adversaries when they fear great bodily harm or death.

But defense lawyers with experience litigating "Stand Your Ground" say Zimmerman, will face a tough challenge to assert immunity under that law.

If the special prosecutor does not charge Zimmerman, some fear that the escalating racial tension could boil over into full-blown rioting in Florida.

Meanwhile, the man at the center of the storm has launched a website.

Zimmerman warns about various online groups that falsely claim to be raising funds for his defense, and has started soliciting donations for himself.

"I am the real George Zimmerman," declares the website.

"On Sunday February 26th, I was involved in a life altering event which led me to become the subject of intense media coverage," he writes.

"As a result of the incident and media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life."

"This website's sole purpose is to ensure my supporters that they are receiving my full attention without going through any intermediaries."

In addition to the controversies over race and Stand Your Ground, the case - in the eyes of many - has become the poster child for media bias.

Zimmerman, despite his highly questionable actions, remains free and is innocent until proven guilty, yet has been vilified from day one.

NBC's editing of the Trayvon Martin 911 call was the most glaring example.

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Cont. at least we don't have to worry about that EVIL George Bush & his $1.80 Gasoline. We are all so much better off today? Can't you feel it! Aren't you filled with hope & promise? To think- people thought Jim Jones was Dead!

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Theres evidence of heavy drug use on this comment board. The comments dont even make sense after some point. Plus its like one person is talking to himself under different names. Insane. I mean why bother posting if no one else can understand what you are saying?

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Whats with all the crazy stuff? People get on here to comment about the articale, not what people just said. And theirs other articales on here about this, just saying.

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Every Dog has Her Day- BITCH! Marinade in it. Enjoy the Victory. One battle is not in which a war is won. the attitude of many- through out this manhunt? It has caught the attention of Others that needed to have their cage rattled. many of us needed to be drawn out of the coma? assure yourself- their will be a "Trickle Down" affect. I may be thanking you before this is over in ..... November!

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I agree-how one person can type so fast against Florence! Wow! To much Sugar would be my guess! Still- The Troll should be happy! Zimmerman has been warranted! It's in the Books! Now we can pretend all is well! I say while we are on a Roll Miss TROLL / what do you say we tackle this Black on Black Crime? Or maybe the Black on White Crime / eh?

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Are we to believe that suddenly out of the blue at 3:57 pm, 3:58 pm and 4:00 pm, THREE different supporters of Florence Whoever suddenly showed up to defend her. SMFH at this obvious troll! Anyway, is this site asleep? Theres been a truck load of developments on this case, since this.

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Really? (to the real florence barens). Act rude to everybody fine, but disrespect others? Thats low.

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Such a sad sad story.

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Real Florence, the fake one is probably better than your cheap smart ass.

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