My fiancée likes to say, “there are three sides to every story: side A, side B, and the truth.”
Trying to find a middle ground is likely impossible. As I’ve said, I’m not defending Zimmerman, but I’m not going to convict him if I’m in the jury. I’ve been in his shoes. I’ve had to fire my gun in self-defense. It’s terrifying. This guy is probably incapable of sleep and constantly rolling over the situation in my head.
I was on an alcohol bender for 4 months after my last incident. The realization that I could’ve died that night is still very fresh in my mind. It gives you a new way to look at life.
I read you. I’ve been fortunate I guess living unarmed in high crime cities. (Knock on wood.) You’re right, based on the evidence available it would be difficult to convict him, although a grand jury (which doesn’t convict) might see enough reasons to send the case to trial. Bad judgment was involved, we know. Whether ill will was there as well, we don’t know.