What happens next in the Trayvon Martin case?
Much of the world--including celebrities!--rejoiced after news broke that George Zimmerman, the Latino neighborhood watch volunteer who shot unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, had been jailed and charged with second-degree murder earlier this week. But now the thousands of supporters and protesters who acted in favor of Martin have been left with one question: What happens next?
Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, and special prosecutor, Angela Corey, told CNN that the only thing to do now is allow the case to continue its way through the courts and wait to see what happens. According to Corey, one of her first steps will be ensuring that the judge or jury will get to see only "the relevant, admissible evidence on which they can then base their decisions."
In order to find sufficient enough information, O'Mara estimates it will be a minimum of six months, maybe even a year, before the case will officially go to trial.
That will also allow time for the public to cool down from the emotions that have been running sky high since the incident occurred in February. In fact, one of his goals is to "bring down the level of anger, animosity, just frustrations [and] emotions," said O'Mara.
One thing the public shouldn't expect? New gun-control measures! Despite the controversy behind this case, officials in Washington reportedly aren't even debating adding new gun laws. Though the NRA campaigned for the "Stand Your Ground" law that Zimmerman is expected to be citing as part of his defense, the organization has not made a statement on the incident and a federal discussion over the law hasn't occurred--perhaps because such a law only exists at a state level and not a national one.
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Personally, I'm just glad that progress has been made at all, although I have to admit I am a little surprised it could take up to a year for the trial to take place. Though I guess it's necessary in order to fill in the gaps remaining in the case (there's inarguably been more questions than it has been answers through the whole investigation), I don't think it will be as easy for the public to forget as O'Mara thinks. We might be a fickle society but the Trayvon Martin scenario seems to have struck a chord of a different level, engaging people of all ages and races to chime in, whether for or against the teen. I know I will be waiting impatiently to see how the trial plays out even if it does take a year!
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But while I'm relieved that the charges has moved the overall case a step or two forward, I'm incredibly disappointed that this hasn't spurred federal or at least state officials to take a further look into their gun-control measures, particularly with Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law. I mean, if this case isn't enough to create change, what is?
What do you think? Should any gun-control measures be added or changed?
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