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Key mistakes sway jury in Zimmerman trial : Comments

By Marjorie Cohn, published 19/7/2013

But the judge sanitized the case and everyone involved was forced to ignore the elephant in the room.

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If a particular group of people are commuting more of the crimes within a society why is it unreasonable to think that a member of that group may be "up to no good"?
Posted by Iain, Friday, 19 July 2013 7:53:37 AM
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I found this to be both a poor and one-eyed account of the case. For a more complete and balanced account see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Florida_vs._George_Zimmerman. Much of the criticism of the jury's findings by partisan US critics of the case is speculative, reverse racism, highly inflammatory, and disgraceful.

I don't disagree that there are many unanswered questions on this case but that was inevitable because there were no useful eye witness accounts. The key matter is whether there was reasonable doubt about Zimmerman's guilt. There clearly was, as well as a strong case for self defence. The matter of Zimmerman being much bigger than Martin largely reflected that Zimmerman is obese and unfit.

Police officer Serino testified that Zimmerman said Martin came out and punched him and told him he was going to kill him.
Serino testified that he felt Zimmerman exaggerated the number of times he was hit that night but said he didn't feel any "active deception" on Zimmerman's part.

Zimmerman also said at interview that he was walking back to his car when Martin jumped out from the bushes. Zimmerman said that Martin then punched him and was banging his head into the concrete. Officer Smith testified that when he saw Zimmerman after the shooting, his backside was wet and had grass blades on it. He also saw several injuries on Zimmerman, which included contusions, lacerations, and a bloody nose.

Dr. Vincent Di Maio, a forensic pathologist and gunshot wound expert, testified that Martin's gunshot wound was consistent with Zimmerman's story that Martin was on top of him and leaning over him when he was shot.
Posted by Bren, Friday, 19 July 2013 9:38:24 AM
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What a disgusting bit of tripe for a law professor to commit to paper, or the net.

It was previously inconceivable that anyone so biased that they are prepared to misrepresent a case so badly could ever get a teaching position anywhere.

Thanks to the politically correct movement, & equal opportunity rubbish it now appears possible. This must be what trendies are talking about when they propose alternative truth.
Posted by Hasbeen, Friday, 19 July 2013 1:04:41 PM
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Iain

There is one minority in Australia that is three times more likely than the rest of the population to commit a crime. They are responsible for 85% of murders, 96% of sexual assaults, 84% of abductions, 86% of robberies and 80% of illicit drug offences.

http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/subscriber.nsf/log?openagent&45190do001_201011.xls&4519.0&DataCubes&749ABC344B5BA7AACA25799E000DE84E&0&201011&09.02.2012&Latest

You guessed it, its the men. If we locked you all up, the rest of us would be a lot safer, I reckon.

Certainly, if I find a man on my property Id be perfectly justified in shooting him. Being male, its reasonable to assume hes up to no good.
Posted by Rhian, Friday, 19 July 2013 3:48:29 PM
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...James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) may be dead, but the Mafia dictum essential to a just outcome to "eliminate the witness", still lives on in the good ol US of A.
Posted by diver dan, Friday, 19 July 2013 3:54:09 PM
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Rhian:

...I got a laugh outa that one...!
Posted by diver dan, Friday, 19 July 2013 3:58:17 PM
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