Originally Posted by mrblanche
Originally Posted by speakhandsforme
Not necessarily a trial, my guess is if he and his lawyer have half a brain between them they'll plea bargain out. Of course that depends on the deal they offer him but I think they'll almost certainly offer a lesser charge since the original was murder II...
I don't think the prosecutors will offer a plea bargain, and I wonder if they would accept it if it was requested. At this point, would it be more dangerous to have a trial and find Zimmerman innocent or only guilty of some lesser charge, or let him plea deal that lesser charge now?
You don't? I do. Prosecutors do have an ethical obligation not to charge someone with a crime that they can't prove happened, but I think the state attorney's office would certainly like to avoid the extremely high publicity that will certainly occur if this trial goes forward, especially since it's coming hot off the heels of the whole Casey Anthony debacle. (For the record, they offered her a plea bargain too.) No, I think they'll offer him a plea bargain, with some sort of manslaughter charge. If he agrees, he'll get at least 25 years (look up the whole 10-20-LIFE thing), but not life -- otherwise what would be the point of the plea bargain?
And if it goes to trial, the jury could certainly find him guilty of manslaughter, and that would result in the same minimum sentence. That, IMO, is a real danger for Mr. Zimmerman here, while the murder charge is not so much of a danger. So if they do offer him manslaughter, I believe he'd be wise to take it, and avoid the massive headache and spectacle his trial will inevitably cause, especially since Florida allows cameras in courtrooms. But, like you said, the plea bargain deal would be entirely up to him and his attorney, and they may not decide to take one if it's offered. Who knows.
I freely admit I do not have all the facts of what occurred that evening. No one does at this point, except Mr. Zimmerman, and he may of course present them as he pleases. This is just my educated guess.
Whatever occurs, I hope justice prevails -- whether that means a conviction or an acquittal.