Zimmerman's Special Prosecutor Skips Grand Jury

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The special prosecutor pursuing a case against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin will move ahead on the case without involving a Grand Jury, State Attorney Angela Corey announced on Monday.  That means Corey and her team will solely decide whether, and with what, to charge Zimmerman. The Grand Jury was going to meet tomorrow.

Corey said she was still investigating the case, and issued a press release on Monday that said, "the decision should not be considered a factor in the final determination of the case." It's a move that should have been expected, considering Corey's comment to The Miami Herald on March 29 (here via local broadcaster WDAM): "I always lean towards moving forward without needing the Grand Jury in a case like this," Corey told the paper. "I foresee us being able to make a decision and move it on our own."

By not involving the Grand Jury, Corey will have to defend her decision to prosecute the case, should she make that call.

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