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Two more minutes

Written By: Bob - Apr• 05•12

I’ve been doing a lot of watching and listening regarding the Trayvon Martin/ George Zimmerman, with a particular focus on the disinformation campaign put forth by the media and activists.

Of particular note is the claim that Trayvon Martin and his surviving family members deserve “justice.” What is justice?

To here a very one-sided and exaggerated side of the story–the side that offers no supporting witness testimony or physical evidence, I hasten to add–Trayvon Martin was a poor innocent little boy stalked and then killed by a paranoid racist.

The limited physical evidence, Zimmerman’s testimony, and eyewitness statement (Brown) suggest that Zimmerman’s story is the most likely explanation of the flow of events that night, and even Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend’s does nothing to dissuade that view.

Zimmerman saw a young man he did not recognize, acting in a suspicious manner, in a neighborhood that had been plagued by recent burglaries. He called the police. It wasn’t until part way through the 911 call that he is able to identify the young man’s race.

This undeniable fact, 100 corroborated by the official 911 call audio, destroys the racial profiling claim.

Zimmerman followed Martin. We know Martin knew he was being followed (I’m giving his girlfriend’s testimony 100% credibility until it is proven I should not). There was a verbal confrontation between Martin and Zimmerman, partially witnessed via the girlfriend via audio before the line went dead. Other witnesses–none of which actually say they saw the confrontation–say they heard yelling… then cried for help.

The one witness to actually see any part of the conflict and identify those involved, a 13-year-old boy named Brown, identified George  Zimmerman as being on the ground crying for help.

Brown’s claim most closely coincided with the exact turn of events described by George Zimmerman, which most closely coincides with all forensic  evidence recovered at the scene.

Zimmerman’s wounds match up with his testimony that Trayvon Martin was pounding George Zimmerman’s head into the pavement.In every jurisdiction I’m aware of in the United States, using an object such as a sidewalk to bludgeon someone’s skull is assault with a deadly weapon.

Under the “reasonable man” doctrine, George Zimmerman, with not help coming and in fear for his life, was justified in drawing his weapon and shooting to stop Trayvon Martin’s assault with a deadly weapon, an assault that a reasonable person would assume could maim or kill him if not responded to by force.

The possible, perhaps probably outcome if George Zimmerman had not drawn and fired his weapon is that it would be George Zimmerman lying in a grave, and Trayvon Martin would be on trial for manslaughter or murder.

As a result of the preponderance of evidence, the district attorney chose not to bring charges against George  Zimmerman.

Two more minutes of crying for help without acting could have resulted in George Zimmerman losing his life. That’s the other possible outcome the media and Martin’s zealots refuse to address.

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One Comment

  1. pa says:

    Bob Owens asks: “Of particular note is the claim that Trayvon Martin and his surviving family members deserve “justice.” What is justice?”

    The Last Refuge answers this question with an explanation that I have not yet seen discussed on any other blog (although I found the link in the comments at Legal Insurrection):

    “The Trayvon family is not seeking justice in the form you would think. No, they are seeking monetary justice, or more directly monetary gain. THAT is the motivation; and the absence of an ‘arrest’ is what stands between them and their ability to sue in civil court….
    “Remember the key distinction between guilt or innocence in Criminal vs. Civil trials. In criminal trials the burden of proof is ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’. In civil trials the burden of proof is ‘with a preponderance of the existing evidence’; this is where probable cause comes into play. For the purpose of ‘monetary justice’ it only takes an arrest; a subsequent conviction is not necessary.
    Without an arrest there is no standing for a civil case awarding monetary damages to Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fuller against George Zimmerman, the HOA for The Retreat At Twin Lakes, and possibly the City of Sanford and all of their respective insurance companies.”

    This is why the family is demanding that Zimmerman be arrested immediately. His arrest would open the door to riches without ever requiring that he be convicted of anything.