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  •  AC interview of Juror 37 (11+ / 0-)
    "I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place, but just got displaced by the vandalism in the neighborhoods, and wanting to catch these people so badly that he went above and beyond what he really should have done," she said.

    "But I think his heart was in the right place. It just went terribly wrong."

    Juror: 'No doubt' that George Zimmerman feared for his life

    In a moment of admittedly bad gallows humor, I opined to my wife that during jury deliberation was one of them asserted that "if they put Poor George into a penitentiary that his life could be in danger all over again...from so many of...you know...all of those people." I'm far less sure that this is idle speculation after this interview.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 05:17:03 AM PDT

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      Didn't Trayvon have that right too?

      "He had a right to defend himself," she said. "If he felt threatened that his life was going to be taken away from him, or he was going to have bodily harm, he had a right."

      Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. A. A. Milne

      by hulibow on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 05:23:55 AM PDT

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    •  I think it speaks more to (1+ / 0-)
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      the defense doing their job and the prosecution missing.  The defense got the jury to see Zimmerman as a sympathetic individual.  He was trying to do right but it all went wrong for him.  Well yeah - I can see that.  Problem is that "wrong" wasn't just spilled milk.  It was another human beings life.  And if that is your thinking then manslaughter is the right finding.  

      But when you try to attach intent behind the action and there is not a lot of facts to show it then you end up acquitting.  I think Trayvon was poorly served from the get go.  2nd degree murder was a stretch.  And perhaps even more of a stretch because Zimmerman was not black.  And he looks a bit dough-y and soft and like that goofball who thinks much more of himself than anyone else.... a wannabe somebody. Well that all works in Zimmerman's favor.  And the jurors are more likely to think  - "well gee this is tragic but it wasn't his intent...."  and the prosecution loses a chance to really solidify the manslaughter charges.

      I don't know I could be wrong.  Frankly, I haven't paid attention.  First, I am not so into the sensational trials but I also tuned out once I learned that they were going for 2nd degree murder.

      "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

      by newfie on Tue Jul 16, 2013 at 06:17:25 AM PDT

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