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April 24, 2012

By: Joel Cohen

George Zimmerman -- who, no one disputes, killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. -- has now been formally charged with second degree murder in a hearsay affidavit filed by special prosecutor Angela Corey. But there is a huge question whether Zimmerman actually murdered Trayvon, or rather committed some lesser degree of homicide like manslaughter or, indeed, no crime at all. And unless Zimmerman pleads guilty, the affidavit by itself, summarizing the investigation by the special prosecutor, will force him to stand trial without a grand jury having heard any evidence and returned an indictment, but simply on a hearsay statement from two investigators who summarized their version of the evidence. The prosecutor will have been a one person -- and hardly neutral -- grand jury!

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