Originally Posted by Rohirrim
Yeah. That's the whole point; It's questionable. Everything about this case is questionable, down to who instigated what, who was on top and who was screaming. That's why I don't see any possibility of a conviction here. I think the police and DA called this case right from the get-go, it's unprosecutable. It's like a he/said, she/said kind of case. The only reason it's being prosecuted is to satisfy media hysteria.
Reminds me of that great movie, Absence of Malice. The media don't care what they do. Come into a town, inflame the whole place, set everybody against each other and then leave in search of the next story, completely disregarding the wreckage they leave behind.
Yeah, but it seems to me in a case like this that the doubt would work against Zimmerman, not help him. After all, he admits he shot and killed Martin, which is normally a crime. The burden of proof is therefore shifted. The onus is on Zimmerman's defense to give evidence that shows beyond a reasonable doubt that he was justified in shooting Martin. The murkiness, then, is (or ought to be) a benefit for the prosecution.