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  •  Actually, her analysis was not correct. (3+ / 0-)
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    That Zimmerman was not convicted of second degree murder was mainly due to the predisposition of the jurors and had very little to do with evidence presented.
    Wouldn't be first and certainly won't be the last such case we'll see.
    She - and certain others - mounted a well orchestrated attack against the dead teenager. She chose to view each piece of evidence from the perspective of the murderer. Chose to ignore or downplay evidence which clearly points to the murderer's guilt. Where have we seen that before?
    How disingenuous can you get, VClib?
    That you choose to describe  the evidence which shows that a grown man armed with a gun, profiled, stalked and then murdered an unarmed teenager as "weak" just reminds me of the side you chose to take during the trial.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 07:48:37 PM PDT

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    •  The trial lawyers that I know who followed the (1+ / 0-)
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      case thought from the beginning that the prosecution had a very challenging case, given the criminal statues in Florida. They also felt the prosecution made the strategic error of charging second degree murder, rather than manslaughter. By trying to prove second degree murder they exposed their weak case and allowed the defense to poke more holes in it. After the trial the prosecution admitted that they didn't have a uniform view of what happened on that tragic night and didn't present a compelling case to the jury. After hearing all the evidence the trial lawyers I know were nearly uniform that the prosecution never met the burden of proving their case beyond a reasonable doubt.

      I certainly understand how people who were passionate advocates for the prosecution could view the case and the evidence through a different prism. Zimmerman is a despicable human and not in any way a sympathetic defendant. Martin was an innocent victim, so I understand why nearly everyone here at DKOS was hoping Zimmerman would be convicted. I had a much more detached view of the case, as did coffeetalk, Pi Li, johnny wurster and others, and saw the evidence through a much more objective lens and with the view that doubt always favors the defense, which is the law. I also think we gave  people who were following the case an important perspective and also corrected a tsunami of false statements about the evidence and Florida criminal law, which was rampant here in diaries and comments and all over the Internet.

      And yes we were right. From the time any substantive information about the evidence was released to the public we wrote that the prosecution had a very difficult case to prove. During the trial we commented that they weren't meeting the burden of proof and the jury agreed. From the perspectives of lawyers, that's being right in our analysis.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 08:22:59 PM PDT

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      •  Great for you! (1+ / 0-)
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        I had a much more detached view of the case, as did coffeetalk, Pi Li, johnny wurster and others
        Excuse me while I vomit.

        And that's it for me in this diary for fear of being accused of hijacking.

        Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

        by JoanMar on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 08:34:53 PM PDT

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