I can’t help but think that the “Second degree” part will end up being a “We did this to appease. We had no intentions of actually trying this case for real.” While people are busy watching this foe case go down, no will notice that he is not being kept in the general population of the jail system. For his safety of course.
This man will live like a king. No matter what the outcome of the trial.
My heart hurts.
Second degree is really the best we could have hoped for. First degree is premeditated, and extremely hard to prove. They would have to prove a deeper motive. What i expected them to do was voluntary manslaughter, which is the same as second degree but with “mitigating circumstances”, which is basically the Stand Your Ground Law. Charging him with second degree is a really good sign.
I didn’t really think about it like that. I hope you’re right.
Already seeing that there are chances the murder charge might be thrown out due to the wording of the Stand Your Ground law, which is deeply disturbing.
That is my fear. I don’t see how anyone has hope that this will be handled in the way a murder trial should be. We have no reason to believe in the justice system at this point in time. At least not in this particular case.
Everyone discussing this who I’ve seen so far have been pretty unanimous about it inevitably being reduced at least to manslaughter. Don’t even let yourself start thinking about the likelihood of them moving the trial to a different city, to escape a potentially charged atmosphere which could cause a mistrial—aka increase the likelihood of landing an all-white or major predominantly white jury. That shit kept me awake last night.