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Old 06-12-2019, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Czarcasm View Post
So pointing a gun at someone doesn't qualify as instigation?
It would, so we would need to examine the evidence to see if Zimmerman instigated the incident by pointing a gun at Martin. There is no evidence that he did, and circumstantial evidence that he did not. Namely, that if Zimmerman had been pointing a gun at Martin, it is unlikely that Zimmerman would wait until Martin knocked him down, broke his nose, blackened his eyes, and sat on his chest pounding his head into the ground, to fire.
Originally Posted by Kobal2
Oh, well if the only survivor of the confrontation said so, that's gotta be hammered into lead as the fifth Gospel.
Only if it's backed up by evidence (see above), even apart from the presumption of innocence.