It’s time for the obligatory George Zimmerman update. After all, it’s got the liberal media all a twitter (pardon the pun).
Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara argued that the prosecution had failed to adequately rebut Zimmerman self-defense claim and that it is fallen far short of proving second-degree murder. O’Mara’s claim that Zimmerman’s references to “&#*@ing punks” and “these assholes” who “always get away” during his call to police are not enough to establish second-degree murder.
Now I ask you, what normal human hasn’t said or at least thought what Zimmerman said out loud, but maybe not in quite so colorful terms? The reality is, if you look like a punk or playing the gangsta role with a “hoodie” pulled over your head or pants down to your knees, or both, you’ll be perceived by others to be one.
O’Mara continued saying that even if Zimmerman overreacted in the heat of a fight and used deadly force when it was not justified, that would amount to manslaughter, not second-degree murder.
Justification is yet to be determined, but altercations like this require split-second decision-making. It’s one thing if the hostile party is 20 yards away. It’s quite another when he is within feet or on top of you as Martin clearly was. Go back and look at the injuries sustained by both, minus the gunshot entry wound of course.
Adrenaline, fear, and emotion kick in, and without proper training that’s all that drives you. That’s why this whole “stand your ground” rule is such utter folly. In my opinion every member of that jury as well as the prosecution should be required to take part in CQC (Close Quarters Combat) and an attack scenario to see for themselves how quickly things happen and the decisions that must be made in those few seconds before they rush to judgment like so many Monday morning quarterbacks.
But what about the wails of torment heard on the phone? Both Martin’s mother and his older brother testified that they recognized the screams in the background of a 911 call as being Trayvon’s. Well, let’s go back to the injuries again. Martin, according to medical examiner Shiping Bao, had but a small scrape on his left hand and nothing else, other than the gunshot. Bao claimed it may very well have happened prior to the incident. That certainly isn’t consistent with someone who was taking a beating. There was no face bruising, cuts, or scrapes to the head. The same can’t be said of Zimmerman. He sure looked like he took a beating.
Assistant state attorney Richard Mantei described Zimmerman as “either the luckiest, most levelheaded marksman in the world or something else was going on.”
Marksman? Martin was shot at point-blank range. Zimmerman would have had to try to miss him.
Zimmerman may be a total dirt bag or some S.W.A.T. wannabe. I don’t know and neither does anyone else. I do believe he did shoot Martin in self-defense. That, to me, seems fairly clear.
The fact is, if Martin had been white, no charges would’ve been made against George Zimmerman. But thanks to the race pimps, the state was cowed into pressing charges.
I also think that courtroom cameras have as much to do with this case as the flimsy evidence presented by the prosecution. If not for TV this case would’ve gone the way of the dodo.
But you never know. Zimmerman could easily be found guilty, as OJ was found not guilty.
Remember, those jurors have to leave that courtroom eventually. If they acquit, they will become targets of the media, the race hustlers, and potential rioters. You know these things have crossed their minds.