Norm Wolfinger

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Norm Wolfinger, State Attorney

Norman Robert "Norm" Wolfinger[1] (born 1945) was the State Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Florida until January 8th, 2013. In his capacity as State Attorney, Wolfinger was charged with prosecutions in both Brevard County and Seminole County with a combined population of about 1 million persons.[2][3] He is succeeded by Phil Archer.

Early life and education[edit]

Wolfinger was a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In 1973, Wolfinger graduated from the University of Florida College of Law.[4]

He was given the National Commanders Award for Disabled American Veteran of the Year in 2007.[5][6]

Law career[edit]

Wolfinger gained national prominence after the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin.[7][8][better source needed]

Until the Martin case, Wolfinger was probably best known for his successful prosecution of mass murderer, William Cruse,[9] and child murderer Mark Dean Schwab.


Wolfinger was criticized for making the decision that there was insufficient evidence for a conviction of George Zimmerman on the charge of manslaughter. Wolfinger has expressed surprise at the national spotlight and the reaction to his decision.[10] Zimmerman was found not guilty after being tried by another prosecutor in a state court.[11]


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