Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Many readers have been wondering what will happen to George Zimmerman’s pending case if her request to dismiss her pending case against him is denied and the prosecution pursues it, despite her refusal to participate.
The answer is simple. The case is not her personal lawsuit. It will be the State of Florida against George Zimmerman and she is a witness in that case.
She will be subpoenaed to appear and testify. Upon the request of the prosecution, the court will issue a bench warrant for her arrest. The police will “secure” her appearance by arresting her and transporting her to court.
If she refuses to answer any questions, she can be jailed for contempt and will remain in jail until she finally agrees to answer questions. If she continues to refuse to answer questions, she will be deemed unavailable and her statement to police will be admitted under Rule 804.
If she agrees to testify, she can be confronted with her previous statement to police where it differs from her testimony.
She can also be charged with giving a false statement to police and sentenced to jail for that offense.
UPDATE: This is how the prosecution could have chosen to proceed with the case. However, they decided to drop it instead.
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