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Not Guilty -- Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2013 | Pat Buchanan

Posted on 07/12/2013 7:30:11 AM PDT by Kaslin

hat the prosecution in the Zimmerman trial asked the judge to allow a verdict of "third-degree murder" -- i.e., child abuse, since Trayvon Martin was 17 -- testifies to the prosecution's failure and panic.

For George Zimmerman's defense has proven, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he shot Trayvon Martin not out of malice, rage or hate -- but in a desperate act of self-defense.

Zimmerman was being beaten "ground-and-pound," mixed martial arts style. His head was being banged on the cement. Screaming again and again for help, he pulled out his gun and fired.

Even the prosecution is now conceding Trayvon might have been on top, and is now scrambling for a compromise verdict on a lesser charge than second-degree murder, a charge that never should have been brought. Indeed, this trial should never have been held.

What we have witnessed in Sanford, Fla., is the prosecution of an innocent man for murder because the politically and socially powerful demanded it.

That Trayvon is dead is a tragedy, and an avoidable tragedy. But it was not murder. And it does not justify railroading a man who, whatever his mistakes that night -- and George Zimmerman made them -- committed no crime.

The case comes down to four questions. And the answers, supported by the evidence, testimony and common sense, point straight to an acquittal.

First, who was the aggressor?

All agree it would have been better if Zimmerman had never left his car or followed Trayvon that night.

Yet, ask yourself:

Would a pudgy, out-of-shape 28-year-old with a gun, facing a 17-year-old athletic kid, 4 inches taller, with a longer reach, throw a punch and start a fistfight with him?

If Zimmerman threw the first punch, what would be his motive? If you have a gun and your adversary does not, is not the sensible stance to keep your distance so you can be free to pull the gun? Who armed with a pistol starts a fistfight with a suspicious stranger?

Moreover, Trayvon's body showed no signs of having ever been punched, while George's nose looks like he was sucker-punched.

Second, who was on top in those final moments of the fight?

If Zimmerman was on top and Trayvon was on his back, Trayvon would have been found on his back. He was found dead on his stomach.

If Zimmerman was on top and Trayvon was on his stomach, he would have been shot in the back. He was shot in the chest.

How could Trayvon have been found lying on his face, with a bullet hole in his chest, if Zimmerman was sitting on top of him? Only if George Zimmerman, after shooting Trayvon, would have turned him over as he lay dying. No one has even suggested that.

Why was the back of Zimmerman's jacket soaking wet, and the back of Trayvon's dry, if Trayvon was on the bottom? Why were the knees of Trayvon's pants wet, if he was on the bottom?

Third, who was screaming for help?

His mother, brother and father say it was Trayvon. George's mother, father and half a dozen friends say it is George's voice on the tape, screaming for help.

Trayvon's father and brother apparently told investigators initially that the voice was not Trayvon's, or they did not know. And the eyewitness John Good says the guy on the bottom in the red jacket, George Zimmerman, was the one screaming.

But, again, let us assume it was Trayvon screaming.

Why would he be screaming? If he was being beaten up martial arts style on the ground, would Trayvon not have had cuts and bruises?

What, exactly, was George Zimmerman doing to this 17-year-old football player that he should be screaming for help?

Where is the physical evidence that Trayvon had been hurt in any way before he was shot? Is screaming how a tough 17-year-old male reacts in a fistfight, even one he is losing?

Trayvon was a stranger in that neighborhood, and George was the neighborhood watch guy. Which of the two is more likely to be yelling for help from the neighbors?

Fourth, was the use of a firearm justified, even if Zimmerman was losing the fight and being beaten up?

Were his injuries that serious? Was he really is danger of grave bodily harm?

Experts disagree. But the real question is: What did Zimmerman think at the time? And judging by those piercing screams, was not that screaming man frightened, even terrified?

Trayvon's parents think these were the desperate cries for help of a son about to be killed. But if they were Zimmerman's cries, could George not have had those same thoughts?

George Zimmerman should have informed Trayvon he was the neighborhood watch. Trayvon should not have pummeled him. Both made mistakes. One is dead. To send the other to prison for what happened that night would be an act of vengeance, not justice, an invocation of the old lex talionis -- an eye for an eye.

That's not what America is supposed to be about.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: georgezimmerman; trayvonmartin; trial; zimmerman

1 posted on 07/12/2013 7:30:11 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Great article by Pat. Zimmmerman had better walk free.


2 posted on 07/12/2013 7:39:31 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Kaslin
That Trayvon is dead is a tragedy, and an avoidable tragedy.

Here's where I disagree with Pat Buchanan. If St. Martin was, indeed, the aspiring gangsta which all the evidence seems to suggest, curtailing such a career is not necessarily a tragedy.

Innocent lives may have been saved.

3 posted on 07/12/2013 7:39:37 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kaslin

Zimmerman’s innocence is evident to anyone with half of a functioning brain. Hopefully, the jurors in this action meet that criterion.


4 posted on 07/12/2013 7:40:56 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: Kaslin
Even Buchanan does that thing where Trayvon Martin is referred to familiarly as "Trayvon" while George Zimmerman is referred to detachedly as "Zimmerman."

You never see an MSM piece where George Zimmerman is referred to as "George" and Trayvon Martin as "Martin."

5 posted on 07/12/2013 7:45:07 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Kaslin
If they convict this man that will be the end of people being able to carry guns leagally to protect themselves from thugs like this drug dealing, pot smoking drug taking morons..To bad he was shot but it was his fault I would have done the same as GZ if I had a druggie on me..
6 posted on 07/12/2013 7:46:32 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Kaslin

Great post! It would be hard to top Pat’s take on the events. It’s obvious also that the judge (aka “dude looks like a lady”) is tampering with the process in light of the way the “she-he” belittled the defense team yesterday. Pathetic at least. The Great OZ has spoken.


7 posted on 07/12/2013 7:48:07 AM PDT by WyCoKsRepublican
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To: Kaslin

There is a deep sadness as I type this question. Since the moment Trayvon Martin died, countless thousands of shootings have occured in the black communities, topped by a count of 1000 in six months in Chicago.
I read and/or hear virtually NOTHING from local politicians, Federal officials, civil right “leaders” and the former U.S. Media. In the name of G*D...WHY?
As the national funeral business booms (a growth industry?) there is but a SINGLE case that tears the nation apart.
Oh, is something screwed up. It bodes not well for us.


8 posted on 07/12/2013 7:49:57 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: Kaslin

The people I would like to see prosecuted include:

1. The parents, for a lousy job of raising their offspring

2.Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Barak Obama, for race-baiting and inciting racial tension that may well lead to riots and deaths

3. The state of Florida for rairoading an innocent man who was trying to defend himself

4.Eric Holder, for abuse of power

George Zimmerman should be an object lesson for all who seek to take the initiative in protecting your immediate environs:

1. Do it quietly, without the foreknowledge of anyone, especially the police

2. Carry a revolver, not a pistol

3. Keep your mouth shut


9 posted on 07/12/2013 7:55:28 AM PDT by patriotsblood
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To: Kaslin

Right on the money. This was an unfortunate incident where one person shot another person in self defense.


10 posted on 07/12/2013 8:08:24 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: patriotsblood
2. Carry a revolver, not a pistol

Pretty good advice, but I would suggest carrying the same firearm as the location you live in. LRPD here carries Glock 22 and Glock 23. Carry the same ammo as them also: Remington Golden Saber 155 gr. +P. Carry the same manner as they do: Full magazines + 1 in chamber. Always.

11 posted on 07/12/2013 8:14:18 AM PDT by DCBryan1 (No realli, moose bytes can be quite nasti!!)
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To: Kaslin
To send the other to prison for what happened that night would be an act of vengeance, not justice, an invocation of the old lex talionis -- an eye for an eye.
That's not what America is supposed to be about.

0bama promised to fundamentally change America.

12 posted on 07/12/2013 8:31:52 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Arm_Bears

In most places in this country, one who CCW’s and who came across a scenario of Martin on top of him and smashing Zimmerman’s head into the sidewalk repeatedly.......the stranger could legally shoot the thug. So why can’t Zimmerman defend himself?


13 posted on 07/12/2013 8:34:41 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA
So why can’t Zimmerman defend himself?

Because that would be very un-PC, and unfortunately, we all know PC rules the day.

14 posted on 07/12/2013 8:45:01 AM PDT by Mark17 (My body is in California, but my heart is in the Philippines.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Because Obama needed something to energize the base at that point in the election.

Also, because it was Obama’s son that was bashing Zimmerman’s head into the sidewalk.

If Zimmerman’s last name was Rodriguez, this event wouldn’t have made it out of Seminole County.


15 posted on 07/12/2013 8:46:14 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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To: Kaslin

Unfortunate situation all the way around that had its beginnings years and years previously. The trillions of dollars given to ne’er do wells by the govn to buy votes and power caused this. This trial is an attempt at a modern day lynching. If a person, GZ in this case, doesn’t have the right to defend himself then society and order is lost. The race baiters, liberal media, DOJ, and even the president(term used very loosely and without respect) convicted GZ, who killed TM while fighting for his life, before he ever had a day in court. In fact GZ should not be in court as he was not charged after an investigation by the Sanford police. He was only charged and arrested because of pressure from the imperial wizards of liberalism and racism. Now after the facts, brought out via the trial, clearly demonstrate GZ acted in self defense the liberal racism complex wants him to be found guilty of something-anything. This is a lynch mob plain and simple. If GZ is not totally exonerated this country and court system is finished. Sad, sad sign of the times and to the depths that this country has sunk. May God help us all.


16 posted on 07/12/2013 8:46:46 AM PDT by TnTnTn
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To: Kaslin
Pat Buchanan is well on his way to expertise in racial pandering, as this whopper illustrates: “All agree it would have been better if Zimmerman had never left his car or followed Trayvon that night.”

Sorry, Patsy Poo - speak for your self. Americans know all that Zimmerman dis that night was legal. However, the “Pandering Class”, which you seem to be eager to join, groveled and agreed with the race card players that somehow Zimmerman was wrong to follow St. Martin of the Purple Drank.

Wrong, Pasty Poo! In America, one can follow. Ask any reporter, etc.

Patsy Poo has accepted the following black racists loudly proclaimed premises:
1. Zimmerman watching Martin somehow “dissed” (sorry if my command of “Blacklish”/Ebonics is deficient) a black male wandering at night in a rain and seemingly high as well.
2. This “dissing” justified the innocent lil’, self described “No Limit Nigga” attempting to seriously injure or kill Zimmerman.

Pat is a Christian, by belief and profession. As such he tends to be charitable, even where it is inappropriate. Mr. “No Limit Nigga” started a fight and was killed during it when he escalated a mere fight into a felony level assault/murder attempt.

Why Pat chose to become Patsy Poo and ooze unctuous and fallacious reasons why “we” should agree Zimmerman made mistakes that night is pandering - pure and simple.

Zimmerman was right. Martin was wrong, and started the attack in which he died.

‘Nuff said.

17 posted on 07/12/2013 8:55:51 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: Kaslin

You can’t just go around sucker punching every security person you run into. Although Zimmerman was not a professional and paid security person, he was the designated and authorized community watch person.


18 posted on 07/12/2013 8:59:55 AM PDT by rwoodward ("god, guns and more ammo")
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To: patriotsblood

“2. Carry a revolver, not a pistol”

Why? Many inexperienced shooters do better with an autoloading pistol.

PS It is standard procedure for a pistol to be carried with a round in the chamber.

PPS Why the Defense didn’t have NRA certified instructors to show why such carry is both normal and necessary escapes me.


19 posted on 07/12/2013 9:00:44 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: Kaslin

Unfortunately if history is any guide Mr. Zimmerman will probably be unjustly convicted. It’s obvious through recent high profile trials that the majority of Americans have become too dumbed down and idiotic to handle serious, thoughtful jury duty. It’s time to change the system and have some type of professional juries.


20 posted on 07/12/2013 9:29:30 AM PDT by 426cuda
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To: Kaslin

Comments over at the DU indicate that approximately half this counrty are completely convinced that GZ is guilty despite the evidence... If justice is served, things are going to get real ugly.


21 posted on 07/12/2013 9:29:59 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Vigilanteman

Here’s where I disagree with Pat Buchanan. If St. Martin was, indeed, the aspiring gangsta which all the evidence seems to suggest, curtailing such a career is not necessarily a tragedy.

Innocent lives may have been saved.”””’

AMEN


22 posted on 07/12/2013 9:30:03 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: GladesGuru

A revolver doesn’t leave brass at the scene.


23 posted on 07/12/2013 9:39:36 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

It’s a lot less likely to jam, too, which is why it’s my carry pistol of choice.


24 posted on 07/12/2013 9:42:33 AM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: PLD
To bad he was shot but it was his fault I would have done the same as GZ if I had a druggie on me..

I would have done the same thing if I had the church lady beating on me and I couldn't stop her and was in fear for my life.
25 posted on 07/12/2013 9:48:38 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: GladesGuru

I am of the opinion the reason this is happening is because we let it.

Next time the race baiters come out of the woodwork, call them on it to a point of embarrassment. Anyone backing them, go after them also.

I learned a long time ago that if someone is going hate you regardless of your position, if you go on the attack you have nothing to lose.


26 posted on 07/12/2013 9:51:31 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: GladesGuru
Zimmerman was right. Martin was wrong, and started the attack in which he died.

Finally, someone who understands the truth of it! Your clarity is to be welcomed.

Regards,
GtG

27 posted on 07/12/2013 9:55:49 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Sopater

What you said made me laugh. I know I would do the same as you even if it was a church lady..


28 posted on 07/12/2013 9:59:35 AM PDT by PLD
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To: PLD

... with the expecation that I was fully justified in my actions, no less. :-)


29 posted on 07/12/2013 10:02:09 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: 426cuda
It’s time to change the system and have some type of professional juries.

Bad, very bad idea! Even worse than the current "jury of his peers". "Professional jurists" would further advance the corruption of our current judicial system.

Why not put the burden of proof on the defense and make it "guilty until you prove yourself innocent"?

The road to hell is paved with good intentions!

Regards,
GtG

30 posted on 07/12/2013 10:06:24 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Sopater

Of course..


31 posted on 07/12/2013 10:10:59 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Kaslin

While GZ is so clearly not guilty of any crime he shouldn’t have even been prosecuted, I think he’s still toast.

Very least is the jury comes back with manslaughter. No way does he walk.


32 posted on 07/12/2013 11:33:24 AM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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To: GladesGuru

Very simple. If you do have to shoot, and wish to walk away and not get railroaded like GZ is getting railroaded by the professional race baiters, you don’t have to waste time looking for brass in the grass.


33 posted on 07/12/2013 4:51:10 PM PDT by patriotsblood
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To: patriotsblood

Walking away is a bad idea in an age of security cams in every quadrant.

Just my opinion. YMMV.


34 posted on 07/12/2013 4:55:40 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray

Appreciate your feedback. Just thought I’d run it up the pole and see if anyone salutes it.


35 posted on 07/12/2013 8:10:57 PM PDT by 426cuda
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