Police Chief in the Trayvon Martin case permanently resigned
Rob Houglum LeadLinkMedia.com Monday, April 23, 2012
The police chief in the Trayvon Martin case is permanently resigning effective tonight. Just last month, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, Jr. Momentarily stepped down because he thought he used to be a distraction to the enquiry.
Criminal defense attorney, Randy Zelin expounded today on Studio B, "I've always thought from the beginning this case was problematical from an evidential viewpoint They do not know who the aggressor was, thus I think the police chief actually acted rather diligently, moderately, in truly without knowing what to do. We don't what input he got from the prosecution and I believe on some level he's being made to be a fall guy."
Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in pronouncing, "Look, obviously mistakes were made from the very beginning. Obviously with hindsight which is perfect, which is 20 / twenty, he should've been charged at the time. He should've been restrained for whatever reason and some charges filed against him, but we know now that the prosecutors know more than what the police knew at the time."
Relating to Florida's Stand Your Ground law the judge said, "The difficulty with the law is, as Randy pointed it out, that you can basically commence this complete thing yourself. You can become the first aggressor, which is what the govt. is going to claim [George] Zimmerman was and it may rely on what the evidence shows, and still claim the protection under law. Most ordinances that allow self-defense enable you to use force or violence to protect yourself, do not enable you to do so when you started the entire thing."
Lee speaks to the the media during a news conference, March 22, 2012.
Shepard Smith asked, is the word "reasonable" drafted in the law anywhere? Zelin noted that "reasonable belief" is in the law and Judge Napolitano explained, "Your belief the other person is about to impose deadly force on you, must be a reasonable belief. So for the jury to take this defense into account at the time of his trial, Mr. Zimmerman must present them a basis upon which they can come to the same inference that he did. If he fails to present that basis, the court won't let the sworn statement go in.".
Tags: Trayvon Martin, Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, Jr