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  •  Zimmerman created the situation. (10+ / 0-)

    He had every opportunity NOT to act. He murdered Trayvon in cold blood and it doesn't matter if they scuffled because Zimmerman was the one stalking Martin. Zimmerman cannot claim he was fearful for his life when he was the one in pursuit.

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    by jayden on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 09:02:56 PM PDT

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    •  Oh I agree (2+ / 0-)
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      joe wobblie, MKSinSA

      He's culpable.  That's not inconsistent with him starting out as the pursuer--not to kill, but to be a supercop crimefighter--and then, genuinely fearing for his life when Martin fought back.  

      It's degrees of culpability.  It's at least manslaughter.  Whether it rises to the level of murder 2 will depend on the facts as they come out.

      I do also believe that Z is embellishing the story, even if it was Martin on top in the scuffle.  I don't think he was beaten severely, if at all.  I do think you can be hella afraid when you're that close to a scared, scrappy kid, and he sees your gun.  Even if Z was the one on top, if Martin had a shot at grabbing the gun, Z could have had a genuine fear for his life.

      •  By stating that (0+ / 0-)

        "Z could have had a genuine fear for his life" you are essentially granting him the "self-defense" excuse, which would totally exhonerate him.

        The facts of the 911 tape are not consistent with Z being "genuinely fearful for his life" especially when you hear Trayvon screaming "help me!" for at least 20-40 seconds before the gun goes off.

        Martin once worked as a bouncer in a club, and has a history of anger issues and violent assault. He was most likely much physically stronger than Trayvon, and it's very unlikely that he was met with equal or greater strength from a boy that did not have a violent history and was nicknamed "slimm" by his comrades for being so skinny.

        •  No indeed (0+ / 0-)

          Having a genuine fear for his life does not give him a self-defense acquittal.  You only get that if you are blameless.

          It is possible to be genuinely fearful for your life, but still culpable (manslaughter or such), because you were the reckless idiot who created the situation.

          If it was Trayvon screaming and not Z, that goes to proving whether or not Z was also fearful for his life.

          That will be a key piece of evidence, if experts are able to determine whose voice that was.

          I am firmly in the camp that says Z is culpable.  I am firmly in the camp that suspects Z has lied about what how the episode unfolded.

          I'm just saying, with homicide there are--appropriately--many degrees of culpability, and we do not yet know all the facts.

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