I had the misfortune of seeing this on MSNBC.
After the initial shock, I could see what they are doing. No way is it second-degree. The unbiased, professional white prosecutors wouldn’t even charge it as manslaughter. But with a second-degree overcharge, they put Zimmerman on the defensive. His legal jeopardy and costs are much higher. But the key thing is the trial. Everybody is looking for a way out. It will be clear Zimmerman was justified in shooting Martin. If the charge was manslaughter, the jury might find the need to acquit. But with second-degree they can convict on the lesser included charge of manslaughter, if they are feeling sympathetic involuntary manslaughter. The jury is off the hook. The blacks get a scalp.
They will get several blacks on the jury, making an acquittal impossible in any case. The whites won’t convict on second-degree, but will quickly cave in to the angry blacks on manslaughter. Conceivably a white cracker with some racial consciousness could hold out for acquittal. The jury will be carefully selected to prevent this, but it’s possible. The jury will consist of several black government employees, the kind of people who get jury duty a lot because they get paid for it. They are the hardliners of black racialism. They have been hired as a concession to black political power and function as spies and commissars in the workplace. They have money and dress and speak nicely, so they get classified as “middle-class” but they are no such thing. White jurors will be retirees from up north, likely liberal government pensioners who will meekly go along with the angry blacks, just as they did all those years on the job. I can’t really say what the Hispanic representation will be, or what they will do. They may be more resistant than the whites, or they may not. They may feel they need to show their fealty towards blacks and “impartiality” by going along.
If for some reason the jury hangs, they will just try him again. And again, and again. I don’t know if there is any limit on the number of trials. I’m sure they will go as many as three. Zimmerman will take a manslaughter deal if he can get it.
We have a mulatto president, a mulatto Attorney General, and a mulatto “special” prosecutor. You can see how gutless white Republicans are. Florida has a multi-millionaire white Republican governor, but he caved and appointed a political prosecutor to railroad Zimmerman. If you haven’t seen the pointlessness of voting Republican, you should now.
This is going to be very ugly for a very long time.