March 22, 2012
Sanford, Fla. police chief Bill Lee steps down “temporarily” amid Trayvon Martin controversy
(CBS) SANFORD, Fla. – Bill Lee, the police chief at the center of a national firestorm over the investigation into the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, announced he was temporarily stepping down Thursday.
Dear Governor Scott:
In the interest of the public safety of the citizens of Seminole County and to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, I would respectfully request the executive assignment of another state attorney for the investigation and any prosecution arising from the circumstances surrounding the death of Trayvon B. Martin.
I am fully confident in the ability of my office to conduct a fair and impartial investigation; and, I have already committed experienced career prosecutors and investigators to this task who have been working diligently in conjunction with FDLE. This request is being made in light of the public good with the intent of toning down the rhetoric and preserving the integrity of this investigation.
We will cooperate fully with the appointed state attorney to assure a smooth transition of the investigation and the April 10, 2012 convening of the Seminole County Grand Jury. Thank you for your attention to this important matter. If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact me.
NORMAN R. WOLFINGER
April 11, 2012
“…After meeting with Trayvon’s parents that first Monday night after we got appointed in this case…the first thing we did was pray with them…” Ugh, did you extend that same courtesy to the Zimmerman family?
April 11, 2013
A Letter of Gratitude from Gladys Zimmerman