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Published: Tuesday, July 9 2013 12:48 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Who cares what the EVIDENCE says? The court's decision should be based on EMOTION, and with great deference to the possibility that some people in the community may be upset if the defendant is NOT found guilty (even if the evidence doesn't prove he is guilty).

The possibility of racial protests following the trial should be their greatest concern.

Just kidding of course.

The criteria for conviction in THIS trial should be the same burden of proof as in every murder trial. PROOF beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty of murder.

If not PROVEN guilty of the charges... he is innocent (the whole "innocent until proven guilty" thingy).

Ethel
Home Town USA, UT

It is based on evidence and what the law interpreted in this incident regarding the evidence. This is NOT a Rodney King kind of case.

KJR
Alpine, UT

While our legal system is based on the theory that the truth is most likely to be found by having strong advocates on both sides of the argument, in criminal cases, the balance is not intended to be equal. First, the prosecutor;s mandate is to seek justice not convictions, while the defense is to represent the client "zealously within the bounds of the law." Second, regardless of the fact that it may result in serious injustice, we have adopted "proof beyond a reasonable doubt" as the standard for evidence in criminal cases. All the the news on this case seems to deal with gray areas. What happened in the scuffle? Who was screaming? How close were the parties when the shot was fired? Were the head injuries sufficient to show that the defendant reasonably felt endangered to the point where deadly force was justified? The hair-splitting subtlety of these issues tells me that there is a reasonable doubt. Regardless of what really happened, heaven help us if we start convicting people on hair-splitting, politics, and emotion.

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