I could very easily see how Martin, fully within his rights to walk back to his father’s home, could judge a strange man following him to be possessed of ill-intent.
What always shook me about this case, was not the belief that Zimmerman ruthlessly slaughtered a 17-year old child, but the act of putting myself in that child’s place, and seeing how I just as easily have ended making a decision to defend myself."
ABC News has just broadcast a never-before-seen photo that apparently shows blood on the back of George Zimmerman’s head immediately after he shot Trayvon Martin. The photo would appear to back up Zimmerman’s assertion that he fought with Martin, and that Martin slammed his head into the concrete sidewalk during the scuffle. It would also verify the police report that said Zimmerman was bleeding that night. ABC says that the photo was taken by a witness who arrived on scene after hearing the altercation and that metadata embedded in the photo confirms the time and location to be right after the February shooting. Read more.
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George Zimmerman’s lawyers have confirmed that the hastily constructed website at therealgeorgezimmmerman.com does in fact belong to the real George Zimmerman. The website, which was launched yesterday, contains an abbreviated statement from the man at the center of the Trayvon Martin shooting case and includes a PayPal link for anyone wishing to contribute to his legal defense fund and living expenses. The bare bones pages contain no evidence that it actually is Zimmerman or that any money given would actually go to him, but both Fox News and NBC News say that his lawyers have verified that it is him.
In the statement Zimmerman writes, “As a result of the incident and subsequent media coverage, I have been forced to leave my home, my school, my employer, my family and ultimately, my entire life.” He adds that there are other sites claiming to collect money on his behalf, but that he has received no funds from anyone else.
The rest of the site contains an almost comically bad layout — the only images are an American flag and some pro-Zimmerman graffiti — and is littered with quotes from famous thinkers like Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. Links labeled “The Facts” and “My Race” don’t contain any actual facts about Zimmerman’s story or race, as he says he cannot discuss the case while the police investigation continues. The site is so poorly made that it almost confirms that it is the work of a man who has gone into hiding and truly has no other resources at his disposal.
Read more at The Atlantic Wire. [Image: therealgeorgezimmerman.com]
As millions of people rally online and thousands march in the streets demanding justice for Trayvon Martin, the state or federal prosecution of George Zimmerman seems increasingly likely. But … as millions of people rally online and thousands march in the streets, Zimmerman’s prospects for a fair trial seem increasingly unlikely.
I’m not questioning the outrage generated by Martin’s killing and the cursory initial investigation of it. I’m not criticizing the campaign to re-open the case, the demand for federal intervention, or the skepticism about Zimmerman’s story and his self-defense claim. I’m commenting on the dilemma posed by popular campaigns for criminal prosecutions: The effort to correct what appears to have been one grievous injustice risks creating another.
If Zimmerman is indicted by state authorities for homicide, or for a federal hate crime, where in the world will the judiciary find an impartial jury? So many people have already convicted Zimmerman; so much prejudicial evidence and speculation have been so widely disseminated.
You can listen to the enhanced audio tape of Zimmerman’s 911 call, including an arguably audible racial slur. You can read about Zimmerman’s “long, lonely war against black people doing things.” You can hear politicians and pundits ranging from Rick Santorum to Al Sharpton discrediting Zimmerman’s “stand your ground” defense and demanding his arrest, and hear President Obama suggesting that Martin could have been his son. Or, you can join the nearly 2 million people who have signed a petition posted at change.org by Martin’s parents calling for George Zimmerman’s murder prosecution. Who doesn’t harbor preconceptions about this case?
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