Self-defense strategy resonated with Zimmerman jury

  • Article by: David Ovalle , Miami Herald
  • Updated: July 14, 2013 - 7:03 AM

Legal experts said jurors clearly believed that George Zimmerman had the right to defend himself that night in February 2012.

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mdachsJul. 13, 1310:52 PM

This was exactly the right decision! It was not a case based on race. There was plenty of reasonable doubt with respect to Zimmerman's guilt.

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kwiz01Jul. 13, 1311:18 PM

This is not a time for high-fiving. There is tragedy all around for several families. The lives of the people involved in this case have been forever changed. But the fact still remains: If the facts don't fit, you must acquit. Period.

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doots799Jul. 13, 1311:18 PM

I am certain that Zimmerman was no angel in the case, and most likely provoked Martin. However, if someone is straddling you and beating you (as the forensics show), you have the right to self preservation regardless of what you did to provoke the beating.

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mschuffenhJul. 13, 1311:42 PM

Stragety? Ugh. Well there is only one person who knows what really happened and he didn't take the stand, but of course that doesn't mean the truth would come out. I still find myself saddened that a young man lost his life.

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kwiz01Jul. 14, 1312:19 AM

I propose that cities across the country consider dropping any budgetary items directed toward National Night Out. Perhaps it should be abolished. It is scheduled for August 6, 2013. The theme for Minneapolis for 2012 was "It takes a village, it starts with our block". Perhaps any neighborhood watch groups should be disbanded, and the neighborhoods simply surrender themselves to those who prowl the neighborhoods to rob, steal, assault, etc. When a neighborhood watch person needs to be concerned about being charged with second degree murder when he is attacked, it makes one wonder why any brave soul should step up and put themselves out there. Is that what our society is coming to? Ask yourself.

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natksouJul. 14, 1312:35 AM

Wow that was a fast verdict! Assuming the evidence was accurate, I am relieved to know the right to defend yourself remains. How much worse it would be if you're attacked and have to choose (in that moment) between defending personal harm or potentially being prosecuted/prison. That said, two people know for sure what happened that night and the death of a young man is tragic.

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supervon2Jul. 14, 13 6:21 AM

The same problem exists here. You try to defend yourself or your home and you are the first one arrested and the media will do their best to convict you.

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owatonnabillJul. 14, 13 6:54 AM

"The same problem exists here. You try to defend yourself or your home and you are the first one arrested and the media will do their best to convict you." ................. All too true. Fortunately for us, a court of law takes precedence over the court of public opinion.

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badcopperJul. 14, 13 6:55 AM

CNN legal commentator confirmed that Zimmerman had a broken nose and abrasions to the back of his head. Martin and a gunshot wound and abrasions to his knuckles(fists). Who do you think started the PHYSICAL confrontation? Obvious that Zimmerman started the overall confrontation.

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robgq1110Jul. 14, 13 7:17 AM

In my 56 years of life, I can honestly say nothing really good happens after midnite whether you are black, white, green or blue! This is a sad state of affairs for both families. Zimmerman will never be truly free again and a young person's life was lost. The media is blowing this up into a race issue...not something that is healthy for our Country. There was so much ambiguity in this trial that the result wasn't a surprise based upon the evidence presented.

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