In the recent poll in which I asked people to give their thoughts on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case, nearly half of you felt the latter would be found not guilty. Here are the final results:
Zimmerman will be found not guilty: 48%
It will never go to trial: 24%
Zimmerman will be found guilty: 20%
There will be a mistrial: 8%
Thanks to all of you who participated in and commented on this poll.
In recent developments, Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, the special prosecutor, announced that George Zimmerman had been charged with second-degree murder. In Florida, that charge carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a minimum sentence of 25 years.
A bail hearing was held on April 20 and the Judge ruled that Zimmerman can be released on a $150,000 bond. He was released on bail from jail at 12:05 a.m. April 23, 2012. He was fitted with a GPS device which can reveal his whereabouts in real time. The terms of his release require him to report his whereabouts every three days.
On April 23, 2012, Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara waived Zimmerman's right to appear at an arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. According to O'Mara, Zimmerman has gone into hiding and will likely remain so until the trial next year.