by Thembi Ford
glimmer of hope in the ongoing battle for justice in the Trayvon Martin
case has been that a grand jury was to be called this week, but the new
special prosecutor handling the case has decided against it. A grand
jury could have determined that there is enough evidence to arrest
George Zimmerman for shooting Martin on February 26, now over forty days
ago — as you know Zimmerman remains free and has not yet been arrested.
State Attorney Angela Corey’s office said that her choice not to use a
grand jury “should not be considered a factor in the final
determination of the case,” noting that she and her team of prosectors
have the authority to arrest Zimmerman at any time.
This decision has two effects: First, the Martin family has been
against the use of a grand jury because the process is often secretive
and in spite of the overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing on Zimmerman’s
part, a jury of his peers might find that his actions do not require an
arrest. This means, then, that the burden of resolving this case rests
solely with Florida prosecutors, who have not yet put forth a timetable
for action on the case and say that they are still reviewing evidence.
Which leads to the second effect: with the grand jury canceled the
case has stalled yet again. People are really starting to need answers,
so expect more disappointment, Zimmerman family shady lawyering, and
outrage until this case has some movement.