Friday, July 12, 2013
Aside: I did not attend law school. But at times during this case, I felt I could have built a stronger case against Zimmerman than the prosecution. I will give it a try: George Zimmerman spots Trayvon and calls 911. George Zimmerman tells 911 he is following him and 911 tells him NOT to follow him. At this point, Trayvon senses that someone is following him so now he is in self-defense mode. So even if Trayvon did throw the first punch, it is because he thought his life was threatened. Trayvon was "standing his ground." At no point, did Zimmerman have the authority to follow or question this young man. As neighborhood watch, his job it to watch, not to take action of any sort.
With all that said, I have a strong feeling that the jury will find him not guilty. The prosecution has to prove that George Zimmerman did it out of spite or hatred. I do not think he did it out to of hate rather than bad judgement. Zimmerman made really ill choices and should be held responsible for the bad choices that he made i.e. getting out of the truck.
Watching this case has been difficult for me because of how the Defense has painted the picture that Zimmerman had no other choice but to kill this 17 year old. He had a choice: stay in the car (see the pattern here). The Defense said that Trayvon was armed with the "sidewalk." They also said that following someone is not illegal. Just because something is not illegal does not mean it is a good idea.
I continue to pray for Martin's family. This has been a difficult time for them to be in the courtroom day after day with the man who shot their son and has no regrets about it. They are the definition of cool composure. I also hope their will be no violent backlash if the verdict is not in Trayvon's favor. Let's remember to be peaceable even in difficult times.
What is your take on this trail? What do you think the verdict is going to be?