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. The judicial circuit covered about 1 million people at the time that Wolfinger held office.[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 when he acted as a Special Prosecutor for the case.[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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