Originally Posted by Rohirrim
I just don't think the average jury will convict a person for murder unless they are absolutely sure of guilt. It's just too serious a charge. There are sure to be a few members of this jury who will sit back and say, "I''m just not sure what happened here." I'll be shocked if there is a conviction on a murder charge. Maybe manslaughter, but even that's a big if.
If I'm Zimmerman's lawyer, I get him off without breaking a sweat: It's the media's fault. Look, folks. The DA didn't even want to prosecute this case. They weren't going to file charges. The police weren't going to prosecute. So who's driving this prosecution? So why are we here? The big, bad evil media. And they want you to do their dirty work for them. They want you to be their tools. Their servants. They want you to ignore the truth, the truth that the police already knew, the truth that the DA already knew, and bypass the law in order to satisfy the lust of the ravenous media which came down here and tore this community apart, etc... See? No sweat.
I guess I look at it a little differently. When someone's dead, that's it. Existence is over. So, if you are going to commit an act that takes someone's life, you better be able to convince me that you had absolutely no other alternative. I don't believe that's the case here. I don't see any reason to believe that Zimmerman had justification to think he was going to be beaten to death by Martin. In my opinion, had Zimmerman left the gun in the holster he'd have gotten a schoolyard butt-cutting and that would have been the end of it. Furthermore, it seems clear to me Zimmerman instigated the situation by following Martin, and that Martin may well have gotten physical with Zimmerman in self-defense himself (defense hasn't convinced me of their "double-back" theory). You can't instigate an altercation, then - when the tables get turned on you - kill someone and claim self-defense. Sorry. That's murder. Whether or not the jury will agree, I don't know.