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(Some) Progress in Sanford

(Some) Progress in Sanford March 25, 2012

guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund

Some good news from Sanford, Florida, where a member of the neighborhood watch murdered a teen visiting his family, and was not arrested.

The State Attorney just-assigned to the Trayvon Martin death investigation said her office is already on the case.  State Attorney Angela Corey said two of her lead prosecutors, and an investigators, are already looking into the shooting death…

After a discussion with Scott and Bondi, State Attorney Norman Wolfinger agreed to step down from the investigation and turn it over to Corey.”In the interest of the public safety of the citizens of Seminole County and to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, I would respectfully request the executive assignment of another state attorney for the investigation and any prosecution arising from the circumstances surrounding the death of Trayvon B. Martin,” Wolfinger said in a letter to the governor.

Translation: “We fucked up, tried to sweep it under the rug, and didn’t expect such a public outcry.”  The grand jury will be convened April 20th.

In related news, the Police Chief has temporarily resigned, though part of the reason is because of death threats serious enough to lead to an arrest.

In a press conference the day after Sanford’s City Commission voted by 3-2 “no confidence” in the chief, Lee said that his presence had become a “distraction” that was “overshadowing the process” and he would take a temporary leave of absence.

No, your presence completely prevented the process from even occurring.


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