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    based on Zimmerman's stand your ground claims... that his defense dropped it from the case later had more to do with avoiding the need for an affirmative defense and a requirement for GZ to testify under oath and be subject to cross examination.... which would have been too risky.

    So GZ used SYG informally to start with and benefitted from the police and local DA buying it... and GZ escaped arrest... the investigation was halted, critical forensic and other details, interviews did not happen and possibly important clues were gone for good. That delay was bought via the SYG scenario informing their decisions.

    So GZ had it both ways... got some benefit from it and then could drop it... For starters with the police dropping the case right away there was no need for GZ to plea bargain right at the beginning and maybe plea bargain involuntary manslaughter, suspended sentence or token custodial term... And then when pressure was brought to have it looked at again leading to arrest and indictment etc... And the delay also helped him get the resources and higher profile to be able to afford a high level effective defense... which could afford to dispense with the risk of using SYG.

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 02:39:32 AM PDT

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