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I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters.
- Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)
I knew someone would bite!
You're right, Martin's appearance says nothing about his character, at least not to me.
But it's abundantly clear that his appearance is being scrubbed by all mainstream media outlets (probably at the direction of Martin family lawyers). So why?
I simply asked the question, why are we being shown outdated photos of a gleaming baby-faced 12-year-old and not contemporary twitter pics of a sneering gold-toothed young adult? Seems odd, but now that Zimmerman has been charged, rest assured we'll meet the real Martin at trial.
I've been following this case since before it blew up nationally. There are witnesses that corroborate Zimmerman's story. You'll meet them at the trial. You probably won't like them much.
Anyone can call themselves a "voice expert" on cable news. Let's see one of these so-called "voice experts" sit in the witness chair at the trial and stand up to cross-examination. Not happening. The jury will hear the 911 tapes and probably be split as to whether it's Zimmerman or Martin screaming.
Based on the limited facts we do know there is no way the prosecution gets 2nd-degree murder. I don't have the patience of Playmea, so just read his excellent post above if you're still confused as to how I came to that conclusion. Hopefully the judge will instruct the jury to consider involuntary manslaughter or else the jury will be hung.
This post was edited by Scherzo 2 years ago
This entire thing can not end well. If he is aquitted, we all know what's going to happen. If he is convicted, many (and I am one of them) will believe this was a case of politics over justice. It truely scares me to see the direction this country is moving. We are absolutely destroying oursevles from the inside
What's go happen if acquitted? The same thing that happened to Casey Anthony which was pretty much nothing?
So you're saying you already have no faith in the justice system to give his man a fair trial? It appears that you are already convinced without any type of evidence which is presented in a court case that this man is innocent and there is nothing that that could convince you that he is guilty. Forget about the politics, just try and focus on the facts and then make your judegement. If you can't do that, then your opinion of innocence and guilt can't be taken seriously.
How old are you. can you read???!!!! Im begining to thing you're a little touched.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by mapatton1 2 years ago
Play, your analysis on almost every point was accurate and well-detailed.
As an attorney, I can tell you what troubled me most about this case.
He got out of his vehicle and pursued Martin on foot.
This alone will not be easy to overcome.
The Prosecutor came out today and said Martin was trying to run home and Zimmerman chased him down and confronted him. If true, Zimmerman is going to be convicted and locked up for a looooooooong time.
This, he hunted him down. No way he gets off IMO, right or wrong. And I used to be slightly pro Zimmerman, but after I started reading the police reports and 911 calls, it is very damning for Zimmerman.
I am an attorney as well.
Although my current practice is limited to Asset Protection (Think Off-Shore Trusts), I did a good bit of criminal work as a young Buck (pun intended.)
I agree with your assessment of Plamea's assessment.
In terms of Prosecutor Strategy for Zimmerman's charges, They probably intentionally overcharged him. My experience is that State Courts routinely do this. The serious consequences of the greater charge tend to put a great deal of fear in the Defendant, making him more willing to plead to the lesser charge. Often times the lesser charge is more appropriate, as Plamea pointed out might be the case here.
If the case goes to trial, Its a no-lose proposition for the Prosecutor because even if the jury doesn't convict on the greater charge, they are usually given the option to convict on the lesser charge anyway.(Which might be appropriate in this case).
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by chasechasechase 2 years ago
Hating scUM since 1964
If you have your JD, I'd like to know your reasoning behind why the prosecution would think about striking a deal for involuntary manslaughter when intent is clearly present by Zimmerman's actions in disregarding the police's instructions.
Badger Alumni, Lifelong Buckeye.
Not Scherzo but... I think it could be argued in that capacity. However I don't think it proves intent to kill, only intent to pursue or gather information. However, at this stage, that is for a jury to decide.
I think if it proves anything, it proves negligence and irresponsible actions. These would be arguments that would make a manslaughter charge a slam dunk.
The sickest part of this whole sordid incident is that Trayvon's mother applied for two trademarks at the United States Patent/Trademark Office in Orlando, FL on March 21st
specifically for "I am Trayvon" and "Justice for Trayvon". Each application cost her $325.00. Now that is really sick. What kind of a mother wants to make money off her son's death?
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