Skip to comments.Not Guilty -- Beyond Reasonable Doubt
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.
Great article by Pat. Zimmmerman had better walk free.
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.
Zimmerman’s innocence is evident to anyone with half of a functioning brain. Hopefully, the jurors in this action meet that criterion.
You never see an MSM piece where George Zimmerman is referred to as "George" and Trayvon Martin as "Martin."
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.
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.
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
Right on the money. This was an unfortunate incident where one person shot another person in self defense.
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.
0bama promised to fundamentally change America.
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?
Because that would be very un-PC, and unfortunately, we all know PC rules the day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Unfortunately if history is any guide Mr. Zimmerman will probably be unjustly convicted. Its obvious through recent high profile trials that the majority of Americans have become too dumbed down and idiotic to handle serious, thoughtful jury duty. Its time to change the system and have some type of professional juries.
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.
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.”””’
A revolver doesn’t leave brass at the scene.
It’s a lot less likely to jam, too, which is why it’s my carry pistol of choice.
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.
Finally, someone who understands the truth of it! Your clarity is to be welcomed.
What you said made me laugh. I know I would do the same as you even if it was a church lady..
... with the expecation that I was fully justified in my actions, no less. :-)
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!
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.
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.
Walking away is a bad idea in an age of security cams in every quadrant.
Just my opinion. YMMV.
Appreciate your feedback. Just thought I’d run it up the pole and see if anyone salutes it.