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福罗里达州枪杀手无寸铁少年嫌犯被释放

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福罗里达州枪杀手无寸铁少年嫌犯被释放


George Zimmerman appeared in court not only to seek his release as he awaits trail - he used the opportunity to apologize to the dead boy's parents who attended the proceedings.

"I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son," he said. "I did not know how old he was, but I thought he was a little bit younger than I was, and I did not know if he was armed or not."
The fact that Trayvon Martin was not armed, and that Zimmerman was, is partly why the case has attracted so much attention. Florida has what's called a Stand Your Ground law that allows people to use deadly force if they feel their lives are in danger.

Zimmerman says he shot Martin in self-defense after Martin attacked him. Zimmerman's father testified by telephone about how his son looked after the confrontation .

"His face was swollen quite a bit," said Robert Zimmerman. "He had a protective cover over his nose, his lip was swollen and cut."

Prosecutors portray Zimmerman as the aggressor who confronted Martin as he walked back to his father's home from a nearby convenience store. Prosecutors contend that Zimmerman has a history of violence.

Zimmerman's wife Shellie contradicted that in her testimony by phone.

Prosecutor: "You would tell the court that he is not a violent person?"
Shellie Zimmerman: "Absolutely, he is not a violent person or a threat to the community."
Also hanging over this case is the controversial subject of racial profiling. Martin's family and supporters argue that Zimmerman, a white Hispanic, neighborhood watch volunteer, stopped Martin because he was black.

That has led to numerous protests across the country. Part of this outcry came after police initially allowed Zimmerman to go free. And the volatility of the case was on the mind of Zimmerman's attorney after the hearing.

"It is an enormously high profile case and there is a lot of anger - or let's say a lot of high emotions - that exist," said defense attorney Mark O'Mara. "I don't want that to spill over on to the family or my client's safety."

The hearing ended with the court setting conditions for Zimmerman's release.

"I am going to grant the motion and set bond in the amount of $150,000 with the following conditions - electronic monitoring GPS," said Florida judge Kenneth Lester.

The judge also ruled that Zimmerman must check in with authorities every three days. He is scheduled to return to court in May to be formally charged.

乔治•泽曼出庭不仅是为了在候审时寻求获释,而且他还利用这个机会向参加诉讼的逝者的父母表示歉意。
“我想说,对于你们的丧子我表示很抱歉,”他说道。“我不知道他多大岁数,但我认为他年纪比我小一点,我也不知道他是否持械。”
特拉维•马丁手无寸铁,而泽曼则持有武器的事实是这一案引起广泛注意的部分原因。佛罗里达州的坚持自己立场法案允许如果人们感到自己的生命处于危险中,可以使用致命的武力。
泽曼称在马丁攻击后他开枪自卫。泽曼的父亲通过电话给儿子作证来证明泽曼如何进行对峙。
“他的脸有一点肿,”罗伯特•泽曼说道。“他的鼻子有保护遮盖,他的嘴唇也肿了,而且有道口子。”
检察官描述泽曼作为侵略者迎面遇到从附近一家便利店走路回到自己父亲家的马丁。检察官声称泽曼有曾有过暴力事件。
泽曼的妻子雪莉在她的电话证词中呈现矛盾之处。
检察官:“你要告诉法庭的是他不是一个暴力的人?”
雪莉•泽曼:"毫无疑问,他不是一个残暴的人,而且对社会不会造成威胁。”
本案的另一个悬而未决之处就是有争议的种族问题。马丁的家人和支持者认为白色的西班牙裔籍邻里监督志愿者泽曼因为马丁是黑人而阻止他。
这一事件引发了全国范围内的许多抗议活动。抗议因为警察起初允许泽曼无事离去而愈演愈烈。这一案件的波动是泽曼的辩护律师在听证会后的言辞。
“这是一起引起人们广泛关注的案件而且其中有大量的愤怒-或者让我们说,感情因素占了很大一部分。”辩护律师马克阿马拉说道。“我不想家庭或我的客户的安全受到波及。”
听证会因法庭为泽曼的释放设置条件而结束。
“我同意这项申请并且筹集150000美元的金额用于GPS电子监控。”佛罗里达法官肯尼思•莱斯特说道。
法官同时判决泽曼每三天必须到有关当局进行报道。他被定于五月返回法庭接受正式起诉。

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2012-04-23 22:46 编辑:pliny
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