So we’ve recently had the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the 2nd degree murder of Trayvon Martin. And a lot of people are outraged that he wasn’t convicted because Zimmerman did a lot of actions of questionable merit prior to the actual shooting.
What’s pissing me off is that the majority of the people wailing and gnashing their teeth apparently have NO clue how the legal system works and think that Zimmerman should have been convicted not because he broke Florida law, but because they didn’t like what he did.
Fact: Nothing Zimmerman did prior to the shooting was illegal. Even if he decided that Martin was sketchy because he was black, and ambushed him to confront him, none of that’s illegal. Sketchy? Yes. In poor judgement? Yes. Illegal? No.
Fact: The case entirely hinged upon the notion that the possibility that Zimmerman feared for his life, and that this fear cast reasonable doubt upon the charge that Zimmerman murdered Martin in a non-premeditated way (2nd degree).
So apparently as best I can tell, the whole court case hinged upon whether or not Zimmerman feared for his life during the fight prior to the shooting. We’ll never actually know what happened, but the evidence and testimony apparently put enough questions in the jury’s minds that Zimmerman didn’t just hunt down Martin and shoot him, and that possibly (reasonable doubt) he felt that he was defending himself.
So if people understand that, how the fuck can they be so pissed off about the verdict? They should be pissed at the knuckleheaded prosecutors who overreached with the charges- they would have probably had manslaughter tied up with a nice, neat little bow. They should be pissed at the State of Florida for having idiotically written laws.
But going on and on about what happened prior to the actual shooting is retarded- it has NO bearing on the actual case whether or not Martin stole shit from a house near his school. It doesn’t matter if Zimmerman was a petty knucklehead who called 911 40-some-odd times before that night. It doesn’t matter if Zimmerman was a racist, or if Martin was a violent thug.
What mattered was basically that they got into a fight, Zimmmerman shot Martin, and whether or not Zimmerman felt his life was in danger. It also had no bearing on the case what colors their skin were- again, it was the fight, its outcome and whether or not Zimmerman feared for his life combined with a stupid charge on the part of the prosecution.