Zimmerman Prosecutor Delivers Passionate Rebuttal

The state's final plea still may not be strong enough to deliver a second-degree-murder conviction.

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Clearly, the prosecution worked against itself by "overcharging" Zimmerman. Filing the most serious charge is a tool "often used," Parker says, because prosecutors know juries likely will be told by judges to consider a conviction on lesser charges.

In this case, the state's safety valve is the charge of manslaughter. By convincing the judge to include manslaughter, the state rightly or not sent the message, "We might not have proved the crime we were supposed to, but trust us, Zimmerman is guilty of something."

For those who see this case as a reckoning for countless injustices against young black men, if the maneuver results in a conviction, so be it.

Corey Dade, an award-winning journalist based in Washington, D.C., is a former national correspondent at NPR and political reporter at the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and other news organizations. Follow him on Twitter.

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Corey Dade, an award-winning journalist based in Washington, D.C., is a former national correspondent at NPR and political reporter at the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe and other news organizations. Follow him on Twitter.

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