Juror says Zimmerman had a right to defend himself in altercation with Trayvon Martin

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  • Updated: July 15, 2013 - 9:40 PM

MIAMI — A juror in the George Zimmerman trial said Monday that the actions of the neighborhood watch volunteer and Trayvon Martin both led to the teenager's fatal shooting last year, but that Zimmerman didn't actually break the law.

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privateeyeJul. 16, 1310:46 AM

So, pick a fight, get your butt handed to you and then shoot the guy because you fear for your life, yep, great country to live in.

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hasdogsJul. 16, 13 1:39 PM

privateeye - did you read the story or watch/hear her interview? If not, let me fill in the gaps for you. The jury (you know them, they're the ones who actually heard the testimony and saw the evidence), the jury believed - based on the evidence that the PROSECUTION presented - that Trayvon initiated the contact (fight, whatever). They believed Zimmerman feared for his life and that he was justified in using deadly force as self-defense. The juror said, "We believed George Zimmerman" and that is an actual quote.

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gadams500Jul. 16, 13 2:08 PM

I am with privateye. Zimmerman stalked Trayvon. Trayvon felt threatened and defended himself(self Defense). Zimmerman got his butt kicked in an altercation his stalking precipitated. By Florida's screwy law it was then legal for Zimmerman to kill Trayvon since he had a gun and he felt threatened. If Trayvon had killed Zimmerman first he could have claimed self defense. Not the jury's issue and their verdict is consistent with the law. The problem is with the law not the jury. Only in Banana Republics like Florida or Texas (or other red states) would the legislatures be stupid enough to create such a law in my estimation.

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roadtoruinJul. 16, 13 2:42 PM

ALL of the evidence presented and witness testimony clearly supports the idea that it was TM who started the fight. Why do some find that so hard to believe?

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avejoeconJul. 16, 13 5:11 PM

I am with privateye. Zimmerman stalked Trayvon--------What evidence do you have for that? Look up Stalking in the Florida Laws!

. Trayvon felt threatened and defended himself(self Defense). --------Yeah, he was so threatened that he called his girlfriend instead of the police. And instead of going home inthe 2 minutes after Zimmerman last saw him running toward his home (70 yards), he turrned around and jumped Zimmerman.

Zimmerman got his butt kicked in an altercation his stalking precipitated.-------Oops, there was not stalking.

If Trayvon had killed Zimmerman first he could have claimed self defense.-----No he couldn't, since no reasonable person would conclude that following at a distance while calling the police is a reasonable reason to feel like your life is in danger. Read up on Florida Laws.

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avejoeconJul. 16, 13 5:24 PM

Interesting thought process the libs have. They believe that Martin was justified to defend himself because Zimmerman was following him at a distance while calling the police, but in the same breath said that Zimmerman should not have been able to defend himself when he was getting viciously beaten by Martin.

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doit26Apr. 9, 1410:30 AM

I am tired of people stating that FL's laws are backwards as if their own state does not utilize the same laws. For the record, there are something like 37 of the 50 states that allows some form of stand your ground; mostly castle doctrine (meaning that you can kill someone for stealing a $100 Bluray player from your possession). And then there are the 23 of the 50 states that represent the stand your ground law for which you can defend yourself from robbery and attack (AL, AK, AZ, FL, GA, IN, KS, KY, LA, MI, MS, MT, NV, NH, NC, OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, and WV). So you should really look into your own state's laws before you begin bashing FL's. I have yet to see one person comment about how it was unjust for someone to kill over $100 worth of merchandise but all seem to be extremely picky when it comes time for self-defense against attack/injury/death.

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