On Thursday, the Zimmerman arraignment date set in the Trayvon Martin shooting was scheduled to take place on May 29 at 1:30 p.m., according to USA Today.
It looks like this is going to be a fast-track trial. Can that be a good thing for Zimmerman or a bad thing?
The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer "wants to be out" of jail in order to "work on his defense" his attorney said. And several in the legal community have cited the fact that he turned himself in--and was not a flight risk--as support for that future action, which could take place in a couple of weeks.
Trayvon Martin's family shouldn't have a problem with Martin being released from jail, since they got what they said they wanted: just an arrest. Does that mean they would also be OK with an acquittal now that there appears to be a visual "justice" to the public?
The release of Zimmerman, however, also brings with it concerns that the DOJ would not take action if the bounty on Zimmerman's head, advocated by the New Black Panther movement, were to result in harm to the 28-year-old now under arrest for defending his own life.
If Zimmerman meets with foul play while out on bond, and at the hand of the Black Panthers, would it result in as forceful an outcry for justice as the shooting of a boy who had been in trouble with his school for criminal activities? It's hard to say, but the DOJ most likely wouldn't take such a keen interest.
One of the key objectives for court today in regards to both the prosecution and the defense in addition to setting the Zimmerman arraignment date is the sealing of records. With the passionate media interest in the case, the judge agreed to this prosecutorial request, which includes sealing the records already existing about the case, as well future ones.
Under the circumstances, that's probably one of the best decisions made so far in the Trayvon Martin case.