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Skip to comments.Analysis: George Zimmerman Probably Won't Be Convicted of Murder or Manslaughter -- Here's Why
Posted on 07/07/2013 3:39:59 PM PDT by mykroar
I drew a legal conclusion on "Good Morning America" Saturday that would have surprised the Dan Abrams who covered the George Zimmerman case leading up to, and shortly after, his arrest.
Now that the prosecution's case against Zimmerman is in, as a legal matter, I just don't see how a jury convicts him of second degree murder or even manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
So what happened? How can an armed man who shot and killed an unarmed teen after being told by the police that he didn't need to keep following him, likely be found not guilty of those crimes?
I certainly sympathize with the anger and frustration of the Martin family and doubt that a jury will accept the entirety of George Zimmerman's account as credible. But based on the legal standard and evidence presented by prosecutors it is difficult to see how jurors find proof beyond a reasonable doubt that it wasn't self defense.
Prosecutors are at a distinct legal disadvantage.
They have the burden to prove that Zimmerman did not "reasonably believe" that the gunshot was "necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm" to himself. That is no easy feat based on the evidence presented in their case. Almost every prosecution witness was called to discredit the only eyewitness who unquestionably saw everything that occurred that night, George Zimmerman.
The essence of Zimmerman's account is basically as follows:
He spotted Martin, became suspicious, called police, was told he didn't need to follow him, was only out of his car to give the authorities an address, was jumped and then pummeled by Martin and as he was being punched and having his head knocked into the ground, Martin went for Zimmerman's firearm and Zimmerman shot him once in the chest.
(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...
Even the conclusion is wrong. George Zimmerman will almost certainly be found guilty.
There was one Good witness who seemed to provide helpful testimony.
I stopped reading right there. Why do liberals have problems with simple facts?
When you can’t walk down the streets in your own neighborhood anymore without being acused of stalking...
And then if someone attacks you for it and you’re forced to defend yourself...
From someone with a criminal history and burglary tools hidden nearby...