A lot of folks are still unclear on the legal justification for the application of lethal force in George Zimmerman’s confrontation with Trayvon Martin, so I took at stab at explaining it in my most recent post at PJ Media.
Some quibbled in the comments that Zimmerman may have technically been within his rights to have drawn and fired after Trayvon sucker-punched him and broke his nose, but as a practical matter, that would have led to his conviction. Juror B37 made this abundantly clear in her interview the other night on CNN. Even as clear-cut a case of self-defense as this was to most of us, only three of the six jurors saw it that way when they took the case back to deliberate it. Two wanted manslaughter, and one wanted second degree murder.
Keep in mind, folks, that there is a legal standard, and there is a moral standard held in the hearts of average people who will be our jurors if we ever have to shoot someone.
George Zimmerman is out of prison because he went well beyond the technical legal minimums, and did not fire his weapon until he clearly had no other options.