Published: Wednesday, July 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Zimmerman is a very big guy? I really don't think 5'7" and
170-180 lbs is a "very big guy". Why are people castigating
Zimmerman and trying to exonerate Martin? There is something screwy about this
whole media circus.
Brandt NeiderDo you not believe in the judicial system. This case
has been tried by an impartial jury which was chosen by both the prosecution and
defense. They have weighed the evidence and concluded that George did not
commit a crime. That is what the judicial system is for. It is preposterous
that we are now second-guessing the verdict. This whole thing is a tragedy for
both sides - there are no winners...
If a young fit 17 year old feels threatened because they are being followed by
an out of shape older man, why not just run away? Or if that seems an
impossibility, simply call 911.
Why does this story and the back stories keep going day after day after day
after day? The trial we held, a verdict rendered. Move on to more important
topics like why did Mitt Romney lose the election?
It doesn't matter what the jury decided, the court of public opinion has
pronounced Zimmerman guilty of not being of the same race as Martin. If he were,
we'd have never been made aware of this unfortunate incident.
@Mr. Neider "Zimmerman is a very big guy...."And right there
your whole argument crumbles. Good thing the jury didn't rely on a bunch of
George Zimmerman is 5'8" and weighed 185 on the day that he was
arrested. Trayvon Martin was 5'11" and he weighed 158 pounds. In
addition, according to testimony given in court, Trayvon Martin was trained in
martial arts. Testimony was given that he had the advantage and that he would
have killed Zimmerman if Zimmerman had not been able to fire his weapon.Martin had four minutes to flee if he felt that he was in danger. He
had a cell phone that he could have used to call 911. He could have run to a
door and asked for help. He could have done a lot of things. We'll never
know why he chose to attack Zimmerman or why he chose to try to beat Zimmerman
senseless - or worse. Second guessing the jury is foolish.
Evidence was heard. Unlike the O. J. Simpson trial, this jury listened to the
evidence and used the facts presented before returning a verdict of not guilty.
This jury was not swayed by Obama or Holder or any other person who publicly
denounced that verdict or who demanded that Zimmerman be found guilty before the
facts were presented.
Questions:Why where illegal drugs found in Treyvon's system and
yet the media doesn't talk about it?Zimmerman even told police
"it looks like he's on drugs"He wasWhy
didn't Treyvon call police if he truly felt scared?Why
didn't Treyvon run home(facts proved he had 4 minutes to walk a few dozen
yards home) if he truly was scared?Why did he attack Zimmerman?So many questions indeed.
IF I was a fit young man with martial arts training, with a little bit of a chip
on my shoulder, and knew I was doing nothing wrong.. and some guy I knew I could
take was creeping me out... I think I would turn and pound his face a little.
It's not that hard to imagine happening, is it?
Re: "IF I was a fit young man . . . and some guy . . . was creeping me
out... I think I would turn and pound his face a little."And, if
you did so, you'd be committing assault and battery.And if the
guy creeping you out was armed and shot you as you pounded his head on the
sidewalk, he'd be innocent of any offense against you or the law of the
land.Just as was Mr. Zimmerman.It would still be tragic
that you died so unecessarily, but it would have been your own fault.
Why hasn't the NRA issued a statement saying that if only Trayvon Martin
was armed with a gun, this tragedy could have been avoided?
procuradorfiscal,It's not assault IF he felt threatened by they guy
following him.IF an unknown dude approached me in a threatening
manner when I'm alone at night... I might react as Martin may have reacted.
We don't know. I'm just saying I can imagine Martin reacting the
way the defense said he reacted (which resulted in Zimmerman defending his
@Ernest,Because Trayvon was the one attacking Zimmerman, as the
evidence proved to the jury.The NRA should be coming out saying how
carrying saved Zimmerman's life.I know I'm glad he was
able to protect himself.That was a swing and miss for ya bud.
Interesting letter, interesting perspective. In fact, Zimmerman was wrong every
step along the way, right up to the point that he drew his gun, and he was
arguably wrong then. The jury, properly, only ruled on a single narrow legal
issue, and found reasonable doubt. But Zimmerman saw . . . a pedestrian. He
was wrong to call 9-1-1 in the first place. A black kid walking down the street
should not be profiled as a 'potential threat.' I've heard
it said that Martin 'fit the profile' of the perpetrator of a series
of burglaries. But those burglaries had no eyewitnesses. He 'fit the
profile' in the sense that some folks said 'well, I'll betcha
anything it was a black guy.'
A lot of "probably" in this letter and in some of the responses. Zimmerman was acquitted. We will all see what we wanted to
see in this. For some it will be racism. For some it will be Zimmerman's
wanna be Rambo dreams. For some it will be self defense. For some a
justification for carrying a firearm. For some it will be about the loss of
life. For me...It was all about two stupid people making bad
choices. Another thought though...Which party of the two
had a long history of bad choices?
Re:MikeRichardsUhhh, I think you are mistaken.There was
evidence--testimony in court that Zimmerman, not Trayvon, was trained in MMA.
"Adam Pollack, a personal trainer, talked about how he trained
Zimmerman in mixed martial arts and boxing."We will never know
for sure what happened that night, because Trayvon is dead. The evidence and
testimony presented provided the reasonable doubt Zimmerman needed under the
law. The tragedy is yet another unarmed teenager was shot dead.Obama and Holder DID NOT denounce the verdict. Obama: "We are a nation
of laws and a jury has spoken," the president said in a statement. "I
now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents
who lost their young son."Holder talked about "stand your
ground laws; "We must examine laws that take this further by eliminating
the common sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a
duty to retreat, outside their home, if they can do so safely. It is our
collective obligation to ensure that our laws reduce violence, and take a hard
look at laws that contribute to more violence than they prevent."
"More to the story?" And how would you propose getting the rest of the
story, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Jesse Jackson or MSNBC? The jury heard the
available facts and made a decision. Do you have inside information that would
change the outcome of the trial? Because you want Zimmerman to be convicted of
something/anything your complaint should be directed to the prosecution.
@Ernest T. BassBountiful, UTWhy hasn't the NRA issued a
statement saying that if only Trayvon Martin was armed with a gun, this tragedy
could have been avoided?9:13 a.m. July 17, 2013========= I was wondering the same thing -- In fact -- I've tried
posting that twice [the DN monitor denied me, twice.]I figured the
2nd Amendment folks would be thumping their chests about how easy it is to be
found innocent in an unnecessary killing.He HAD a cell phone.He SHOULD have stopped escalating the problem and called a cop, period - end
Jeantel said the last words she heard on the phone were Treyvon yelling "Get
off!" so maybe he was angry over being confronted like that. Who knows...
@Turtle"Do you not believe in the judicial system. "Roe vs WadeCitizens UnitedProp 8I think most people
believe the judicial system isn't perfect.
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