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  •  1. Yes, if it's offered by the prosecution, (1+ / 0-)
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    2.  No, all relevant charges must be tried at the same time or else are forever waived by the prosecutor (not including any possible Federal charges, which would be tried separately, before a different judge and jury, as happened to the officers accused of beating Rodney King in Los Angeles), and 3.  It depends upon the actual facts that can be presented as evidence, the credibility of the witnesses, and the skill of the arguer (prosecutor) who presents them vs. the defense attorney's arguments to the contrary.  It also depends upon the judge's decisions as to what constitutes admissible evidence, and the jury's ability to correctly interpret it all.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:29:39 PM PST

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      Just because Zimmerman "can" plead guilty to a manslaughter charge (if offered) doesn't mean he will.  If O'Mara feels like he can get his client acquitted on all charges, he can go to trial to try and accomplish that.  That said, jury trials are a real crapshoot.  However, if Zimmerman is only charged with murder (and not given the manslaughter charge as an option), they could acquit him if they feel like what he did doesn't rise to the level of actual "murder".

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 12:51:54 PM PST

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