You know, so many things have been said (and mis-said, and assumed, and mis-quoted, and mis-represented) about this case that I can't remember if that's what Zimmerman said or not.
If that is indeed what happened, it could bolster the claim that Martin was acting in reasonable self-defense... a tense confrontation is a bad time to reach into your pockets! Regardless what you were reaching for.
Good lord, sometimes I think the twists and turns of this thing, the way that so many opportunities for it to have ended short of someone dead were narrowly missed by the antagonists, is only matched by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Martin could have walked straight home instead of meandering around; Zimmerman could have stayed in his truck; Martin could have just took off running and kept running (chubby Zimmerman could never have caught him on foot); either could have defused the final confrontation with a few well-chosen words, probably; Martin could have refrained from attacking Zimmerman, and if Zimmerman had been a better hand-to-hand fighter or had Pepperspray as a less-lethal backup weapon he could have done something short of killing Martin.
It's a disgusting series of mistakes, bad assumptions, poor choices and hot-headedness, on both sides, that culminated in a needless death.
Even so, I have trouble seeing it as Murder 2. At absolute most, manslaughter.
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Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Look at the damn votes. Why are liberals always threatened by everything? Frankly I'm getting a little sick of it.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The absurdity that Zimmerman trying to see where Marin went therefore justified Martin physcially attacking him is so far out in absurdity it isn't really a rational topic or real topic.
Last edited by joko104; 04-16-12 at 08:34 PM.
I would chat with her when I'm feeling particularly snarky, but I wouldn't ever call her on the phone.
What do you do? How do you feel? How do you respond?