CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin: Zimmerman’s lawyers could lead to early arrest

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 21:39 EDT
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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin via YouTube screenshot
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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Tuesday explained that special prosecutor Angela Corey in Florida may want to arrest George Zimmerman now that his lawyers have quit.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Attorneys Craig Sonner and Hal Uhri said they had lost contact with Zimmerman, who claims to have shot and killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense.

“I think they are obviously concerned about with his well-being,” Toobin said. “But they are also, I think, potentially setting him up for an earlier arrest than they might have because one of the reasons a prosecutor doesn’t arrest someone right away is that the prosecutor is assured by the counsel that, look, he’ll surrender. He’s not going anywhere. I know where he is and he’ll turn himself in.”

“At this point, the lawyers don’t know what he’s doing and don’t know where he is,” he continued, “and the prosecutor may say, look, I better arrest this person or he’s going to be in the wind. So I think this bizarre episode might accelerate the prosecutor’s timetable if, in fact, she’s going to arrest him.”

Zimmerman has gone into hiding since the incident was picked up by the national media. On Tuesday, Sonner and Uhri refused to indicate where he may be.

“Where is he,” Toobin said. “Because that is going to be something that the prosecutor is very concerned about. She needs to know that if she wants to proceed with an arrest, she can find the guy.”

Watch video, via Mediaite, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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