(07-14-2013, 06:00 AM)UniqueStranger Wrote:(07-14-2013, 05:49 AM)Below Average Genius Wrote:(07-14-2013, 05:19 AM)UniqueStranger Wrote: If my son was killed that way, I'd have a problem with that verdict.
Well of course. All mothers feel that way about their children.
The jury had to reach beyond their motherly emotions and determine if there was reasonable doubt or not.
In this case, there was loads of reasonable doubt.
The evidence indicates Z took a beating from a fight Martin started. If anything were provable, Martin was the felon in this case. At least there is a lot more evidence showing it was Martin who started the fight.
It is NOT illegal to follow someone as Z might have done. He might not have really done even that if his walk thru with the police is to be believed.
Trayvon only became a felon when confronting this man following him, then confronting him.
Trayvon had 4 minutes to make it inside his father's girlfriend's home from a distance of maybe 100 yards. But he chose not to go home. He waited in the dark until Z passed by. Z was obeying every law as he walked down the sidewalk.
Martin responded by committing multiple felony counts. He died for his violent mistake. No doubt the teenager figured he'd whup some ass and go home. It didn't turn out that way.
It's unfortunate and not surprising that a teen would make a poor decision like he did. But Z was in no position to give Martin counseling. Z had to protect himself first.
Pray for me.