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The Zimmerman trial.

I have listened to part of the George Zimmerman trial..  I have not seen anything that would indicate an “evil” intent toward Trayvon Martin.  What I can see is that, by my reading of the law, he had no legal basis for his use of force..

If the defense is able to show that Zimmerman was indeed just trying to see where Martin was going and was attacked, for whatever reason, then he has a case for self-defense.  The problem is that with Zimmerman’s past actions have shown him to be a “cop wannabe” who was more likely to have tried to chase Martin down, in which case, as I have said before here, Martin is the one who would have been able to defend himself against Zimmerman..  Florida law says that an attacker, who gets the table turned, can NOT use “lethal force” to defend himself.  It is kind of funny about the law.  If person A attacks person B and decides he is losing, he can indicate he is done with this, and can back out.  As long as he says something like “I’m done”, or “I’m out of here” then he can back out of the situation, and if person B pursues it then he becomes the aggressor.  That might lead you to think that person A could hen use force to defend himself but, Florida law says that the person who started it can not use this as an excuse for “lethal force”.

Maybe the defense will come up with something we have not heard so far.  Maybe they will be able to prove that Zimmerman was really threatened, or maybe they will just fall back on the benefit of the doubt.

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By That Joe Guy

Ex SSgt in Air Force Security Police... I had 10 years of active duty and inactive reserve. I have a total of 20 years, includes Air Force SP, security experience.
I also worked 8 years and 4 months in the Garden Center of the Sarasota Cattleman Walmart.
I also took the CCNA class at Sarasota Vo-Tech, when it was still called that.
I am now, since 2010 a caregiver for my Mother.
While I am now a registered Republican I am more likely to vote for whichever person I believe will do a better job.. In the last presidential elections I voted Libertarian, as I the two main choices seemed to be between lying crook, or an uncouth babler who could not be trusted.

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