Richard W. Mantei is a new Asst. State Attorney placed into the prosecution team against George Zimmerman (article below). We need to find out more about this guy. From my initial google review of him he appears to be a “plea bargain specialist” along the line of Tom Cruise’s character in a Few Good Men. Many of his prosecution cases ended up as plea agreements. I hope that is not the direction here.
However, my initial gut response to another prosecutor was telling me this was for “positioning” or “plausible deniability” in that new exculpatory evidence (see update #28) would be in dire need of a fresh set of eyes. That is just a hunch, a spidey sense kinda thing, I really don’t know.
So what can we find out about him?
SEMINOLE COUNTY — There’s a new player in the case against George Zimmerman.
Assistant state attorney Richard W. Mantei has been appointed to handle the investigation and representation of the state of Florida. The appointment was made June 4, but is now just being released. (more)