Sunday, July 14, 2013
George Zimmerman Acquittal Reflections and Lessons Learned
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Sanford, FL–This sad case began with a tragedy. Travon Martin was a troubled lad who made terrible choices. The data recovered from his cell phone and was later unlawfully hidden from George Zmmerman’s defense lawyers by prosecutors showed that Martin was heavily involved with illegal guns, drugs and fighting.
Judge Debra Nelson later ruled that cell phone evidence inadmissible and that was not at all unusual in our courts. It may seem unfair to some but that’s what they normally do.
As for Martin he apparently had personal issues with what he called, “crappy assed crackers” and was the one actually profiling Zimmerman clearly by race. To me it’s logical and believable that Martin caused his own death by assaulting Zimmerman. However we all must recognize that there are no witnesses or video to establish this fact with absolute 100% certainty.
We must not never lose sight of is the fact that we don’t require accused people to prove their innocence and that burden is the government’s to prove that self-defense was not somehow necessary. In the Zimmerman case both the government and media led us astray in that regard.
What is certain are the injuries to Zimmerman obviously inflicted by the stronger and faster, Travon Martin. They’re not serious injuries but they clearly substantiate an attack by an aggressor. The police carefully investigated the case and there was simply no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman.
Zimmerman could have avoided his horrible and expensive ride on the Wheel of Misfortune by simply asking for a lawyer rather than cooperating and answering every question put to him by the cops.
The cops were fair and also the first set of prosecutors however; a special prosecutor shanghaied the case. In the end the only evidence they had was Zimmerman’s admission that he shot Martin. His verbal claim to police of self-defense became a confession they used to file the case!
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Continued advice is: “Invoke your Fifth Amendment right and then shut up”.
The average citizen has no friends, but his lawyer.
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