By Billy bob Bramscher
The shooting and death of Trayvon Martin is the harshest of reminders of how precious life is. There are no winners here, only broken families and broken communities. The question today, however, is whether George Zimmerman should be released on bond pending his trial.
The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution sets forth the rights related to criminal prosecutions and the Fourteenth Amendment, also known as the “Due Process Clause,” protects every citizen of every state with the guarantees of our great nations “Bill of Rights.”
Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s Attorney, has made the case at today’s bond hearing that the evidence presented by the prosecution does not support Zimmerman being a “racist murder” and pending trial, Zimmerman deserves to be free.
South Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer, Ira Still, Esquire, on http://www.istilldefendliberty.com/ wrote, “There is no right to bail created by the U.S. Constitution. The Eighth Amendment states that “Excessive bail shall not be required…” but it does not create the right to bail. In Stack v. Boyle, 342 US 1, 72 S.Ct. 1(1951), the U.S. Supreme Court held that there is no constitutional right to bail, but the Eighth Amendment requires that when bail is determined by a trial court it must be reasonable and particularized to the defendant.” (see also Florida Statute section 907.041)
Does George Zimmerman, innocent until proven guilty, deserve pre-trial release? Is George Zimmerman a danger to our community? This decision rests in the judicial conscious of Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth R. Lester.
Death may be a piece of this story, yet it is PEACE and community that are our resources for life.