This got very interesting today with a pair of stories developing in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman 2nd degree murder case and the Shellie Zimmerman perjury charge.
First up is a claim by Legal Insurrection’s William Jacobson that Prosecutor Angela Corey overcharged Shellie Zimmerman when she had her arrested for perjury.
…Corey has brought a charge of felony perjury against Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, based on testimony during George’s bond hearing with regard to their financial resources. (Criminal Information and Affidavit of Probable Cause embedded at bottom of post.)
There certainly is a case which can be made that the Court was not fully informed of the financial situation, and that is part of the reason the Judge revoked bond under the standards applicable to release pending trial.
But that bond standard is very different from a criminal charge of perjury, which requires proof of a specific material false statement which the person believes not to be true at the time of testimony.
Even worse, it appears the prosecution doctored the transcript of Mrs. Zimmerman’s testimony in the bond hearing to make the perjury charge.
Q: How much money is in that website right now? How much money as a result of that website was —
A: Currently, I do not know.
Q: Who would know that?
A: That would be my brother-in-law.
Q: And is he — I know he’s not in the same room as you, but is he available so we can speak to him, too, or the Court can inquire through the State or the Defense?
A: I’m sure that we could probably get him on the phone.
Q: Okay. So he’s not there now.
A: No, he is not, sir.
Q: Do you have any estimate as to how much money has already been obtained or collected?
A: I do not.
Corey’s team stripped out the original text in bold in order to make their perjury argument. I’ll be very surprised if this doesn’t come back to bite Corey savagely.
And that’s just half the day’s big news.
Judge Lester has reviewed George Zimmerman’s interviews with the Sanford PD, which so many of Trayvon’s supports have hinted must contain the “smoking gun” that justifies the Murder 2 charge.
There’s nothing to them remotely like a confession in the interview, so Lester has ordered them released.
It may taken weeks or months over even a year before this case is finally resolved, but the prosecution’s cases against both Zimmermans appear to have taken a fatal blow today, along with Angela Corey’s future.