George Zimmerman Probably Won’t Be Convicted of Murder or Manslaughter — Here’s Why

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Interesting analysis from Dan Abrams. I just found on Drudge. Good read.


July 7, 2013

I drew a legal conclusion on “Good Morning America” Saturday that would have surprised the Dan Abrams who covered the George Zimmerman case leading up to, and shortly after, his arrest.

Now that the prosecution‘s case against Zimmerman is in, as a legal matter, I just don’t see how a jury convicts him of second degree murder or even manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

So what happened? How can an armed man who shot and killed an unarmed teen after being told by the police that he didn’t need to keep following him, likely be found not guilty of those crimes?

I certainly sympathize with the anger and frustration of the Martin family and doubt that a jury will accept the entirety of George Zimmerman’s account as credible. But based on the legal standard and evidence presented by prosecutors it is difficult to see how jurors find proof beyond a reasonable doubt that it wasn’t self defense.

Prosecutors are at a distinct legal disadvantage.

They have the burden to prove that Zimmerman did not “reasonably believe” that the gunshot was “necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm” to himself. That is no easy feat based on the evidence presented in their case. Almost every prosecution witness was called to discredit the only eyewitness who unquestionably saw everything that occurred that night, George Zimmerman.

The essence of Zimmerman’s account is basically as follows:

He spotted Martin, became suspicious, called police, was told he didn’t need to follow him, was only out of his car to give the authorities an address, was jumped and then pummeled by Martin and as he was being punched and having his head knocked into the ground, Martin went for Zimmerman’s firearm and Zimmerman shot him once in the chest.

The prosecution, on the other hand, called 38 witnesses to try to show: Zimmerman was a wannabe cop who regularly reported black strangers in his neighborhood; initiated and was at least at one point, on top during the encounter; that Zimmerman’s injuries were minor and that many aspects of his accounts to the police and media were inconsistent and/or lies.

For a moment, lets put aside the fact that many of the prosecution witnesses seemed to help Zimmerman in one way or another.

As a legal matter, even if jurors find parts of Zimmerman’s story fishy, that is not enough to convict. Even if they believe that Zimmerman initiated the altercation, and that his injuries were relatively minor, that too would be insufficient evidence to convict. Prosecutors have to effectively disprove self defense beyond a reasonable doubt. So what exactly would that mean based on the facts as we know them?

Let’s take a hypothetical, but realistic, scenario whereby jurors don’t believe Zimmerman when he says he wasn’t following Martin (the lead detective who seemed to find Zimmerman’s account credible had a problem with this part of Zimmerman’s account).

Let’s also assume they believe Zimmerman approached Martin and it is only because Zimmerman was tailing Trayvon Martin that a fight ensued. First of all, the fact that there was a fight at all makes a murder conviction difficult. To win a murder conviction, they have to show he had the intent to kill and did so with “depraved mind, hatred, malice, evil intent or ill will.”

Rest of Story HERE!!

~Steve~                                    H/T

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0 responses to “George Zimmerman Probably Won’t Be Convicted of Murder or Manslaughter — Here’s Why

  1. I agree. Though I think the odds of acquittal would be greater with a 12 person jury. Political and racial pressure could coerce some jury members to go against common sense and logic.

  2. Zimmerman may walk but, like OJ Simpson, he will never be innocent.

  3. Does each member of the jury know the elements that determine that this was murder? If the police knew these qualifications, how could he have been charged in the first place. How many people of color, Africans for example have been killed recently for no reason except for political advantage say in Mali? or Nigeria? Noone cares. Here the pretense of caring is even more callous and disgusting. Love thy neighbor as thyself.

    • Alice you’re right. The police did know and that’s why he was not charged until Sharpton and Jackson made it political.
      Blacks are killed, sold into slavery to this day and they turn a blind eye. I think they may have some splaining to do down the road.

      • Hi Steve . Doesn’t this case resemble the Casey Anthony trial ? Over-reaching prosecuting atty’s trying to make a name for themselves when the case they’ve got is the equal to a three legged stool !

        I might be mistaken as to the options the jury had in the Anthony trial but if memory serves (?) , the jury didn’t have a whole lot of wiggle room . If you don’t have the evidence for a 2nd degree murder charge , don’t reach for the stars when you can barely grab the grass ………………..

        • japoa,, have to admit I did not follow that one as closely. I kinda had her guilty from the much for being impartial..LOL
          Without a doubt they over charged. They succumbed to PC pressure.
          I just read somewhere that they are calling Mama Martin something like
          “Mama Trade” Since she ran out and trademarked the kids name and licenced all over the place. People…

          • You gotta be kidding . So if somewhere down the road some welfare-brood-mare names there child ” trayvon ” , they will have to pay a licencing fee to that so-called mother ?…….NAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW , SHE AIN’T IN IT FOR THE MONEY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a piece of dirt to wanna make a profit from death .
            Ergo , they have no respect for life to begin with !

            • Well, I’m not sure if you can “Trademark” a name. But as for putting it on T-shirts and stuff you can. “Here get your picture of my dead son..15 bucks “As Seen On TV”

              • L.M.A.O.,,,,,,,,,,,, Wouldn’t put it past the witch………..Just another p.o.s. scamming idiots to fall for that line of crap ……

      • Sorta hard to ignore that, even if one feels the evil “white Hispanic” should fry for gunnin’ down Cute Li’l Black Trayvon (TM), Zimmerman’s injuries sure stopped when Trayvon caught lead… not that left/libtards won’t try hard to ignore it.

  4. Genesis 4:23-24


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