Zimmerman, Florida teen's shooter, wears disguise: lawyer

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lemonfemale wrote:

The above comment is way out of line.
This case is where it ought to be- in court. And as the article correctly notes, since Zimmerman could not retreat, being on his back on the ground- Stand Your Ground has nothing to do with it. Trayvon was 17 and well built: Zimmerman was photographed with a broken nose and looking scuffed up. Under my state’s law (AK) he could not claim self-defense if he started the fight. That’s for the court. It was not racial profiling so much as the fact Trayvon looked like people responsible for a wave of burglaries and one home invasion. Not Zimmerman’s fault those people were black. The edited 911 tape and the nonsense term “white Hispanic” to describe a Hispanic man with a non-Hispanic last name were real racism, not his profiling. IMO

Feb 27, 2013 1:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Redeemed wrote:

Mistrust among blacks is understandable given the bad history against them. The problem now, however, comes from miscreants like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson who take advantage of that mistrust to use against innocent people in defense of criminal behavior. Zimmerman was falsely tried and convicted by Sharpton and Jackson in the media long before any of the evidence was brought before the court. As usual, Sharpton and Jackson should have kept their mouths shut and let the legal system do its job.

Feb 27, 2013 1:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
aberdeenvet wrote:

This website’s description of Zimmerman’s confrontation with Martin would make any suspect very cautious when foraying in public, especially since Martin’s supporters have already expressed various degrees of violent threats on Zimmerman’s existence.

Feb 27, 2013 1:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Heretic2011 wrote:

This poor guy had to defend himself from a vicious thug, and the liberal media demonized him for it. It’s no wonder he has to hide.Makes you wonder who’s side the media is on. Certainly not the law abiding.

Feb 27, 2013 1:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Heretic2011 wrote:

This poor guy had to defend himself from a vicious thug, and the liberal media demonized him for it. It’s no wonder he has to hide.Makes you wonder who’s side the media is on. Certainly not the law abiding.

Feb 27, 2013 1:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
FTCAIN wrote:

Who can blame him. Black racists found him guilty before they knew the facts and truth surrounding Trevon Martin and his actions that night.

Feb 27, 2013 1:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
terpsez11 wrote:

so what is this site doing putting out an all points bulletin for the criminals in Florida to dispense their own Justice?–that would make them happy

Feb 27, 2013 1:29pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TexasChris wrote:

How dare Zimmerman defend himself while he was getting his skull cracked against the sidewalk by a physically superior attacker!

Feb 27, 2013 1:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
networth00 wrote:

Seems to me the court needs to decide. If it was self-defense, I hope Zimmerman is not guilty. If the confrontation was instigated by Zimmerman, I hope he is punished. Clearly, none of us know. We all seem prone to prejudge the event based on our own biases.

Feb 27, 2013 1:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Cogs wrote:

Lots of misinformation in that article; but then, that’s Reuters.

Feb 27, 2013 1:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ConstFundie wrote:

Zimmerman is a danger to society, not the other way ’round. He needs to be locked up for a very long time.

Feb 27, 2013 2:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse

“police initially questioned and released Zimmerman” is all you needed to know about this. Open, shut. Then the ‘Usual Suspects’, race pimps all, jumped into the fray. The lapdog media dutifully groveled at the feet of the race-baiters and Travon went from deceased junior thug wannabe to national hero. (at least in some circles) The race pimps found another ten minutes of glory, the Martins were given an opportunity to cash in on their deceased sons misdeeds and Mr. Zimmerman finds out what it’s like to ride on the Race Railroad…Welcome to America.

Feb 27, 2013 2:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Zappo15 wrote:

There is more than one way to dole up justice. What you sow you reap. Vigilante justice goes both way.

Feb 27, 2013 3:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Tommie451 wrote:

It will be difficult for Angela to get social justice for Trayvon. George’s keys were found at the T. Where Trayvon lost George three minutes prior to the start of the fight. So somehow Angela has to prove that George chased Trayvon back to the exact same location he was three minutes before. Within the one minute time window after he got off the phone with the police dispatcher.

Feb 27, 2013 3:50pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Loothor wrote:

“And as the article correctly notes, since Zimmerman could not retreat, being on his back on the ground- Stand Your Ground has nothing to do with it.”

Completely incorrect. Zimmerman had plenty of chance to retreat before he ever accosted Trayvon Martin and began the confrontation. The question here is whether or not you can claim self-defense for using lethal force because you’re losing a fight you started unnecessarily.

The (idiotic) “Stand Your Ground” law essentially states that you do not have any obligation to attempt to avoid a confrontation before using a lethal weapon. In states without this ridiculous law, Zimmerman would definitely be guilty of at least manslaughter if he was found to be the original aggressor in this fight (which he seems to be, given that he was told not to accost Martin and did so anyways).

Only in a state with a law as stupid as “Stand Your Ground” can you start a fight with someone and then legally pull out a gun and shoot them with it when they fight back.

Feb 27, 2013 4:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

Actions have consequences, and his action of trying to be the neighborhood vigilante while packing heat irresponsibly has failed dramatically, now he is dealing with the consequences. However the person that suffered the most due to Mr. Zimmerman’s irresponsible actions is the dead teenager, Mr. Martin, and Mr. Zimmerman deserves to and should pay for his actions. I do not feel sorry at all for Mr. Zimmerman, you reap what you sow.

Feb 27, 2013 4:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

@stambo2001, even if you take your ‘facts’ at face value, Zimmerman still had no right to kill an unarmed teenager because he thought he looks suspicious, for whatever reason. This whole mentality that you and others(and apparently Zimmerman) seem to have, kill or be killed, shows that you are not interested in living in a civilized society. Personally I like to solve my issues with others through the rule of law and want to live where I do not have to worry about who might be packing heat and wanting to ‘stand their ground’, one of the many reasons I would not want to live in states like FL or TX, not to mention they are hot and humid places.

Feb 27, 2013 5:04pm EST  --  Report as abuse
westernshame wrote:

@ Loothor

you nailed it 100%

it’s the ignoring of the the police dispatchers order not to follow the teen that the problem arises.

Feb 27, 2013 5:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
HansEcker wrote:

You racist Trayvon Martin supporters need to get out of your ghetto thinking. You don’t have the right to beat someone senseless just for following you from a distance to report you to the police. Why is that so hard for racist people like you to understand?

There is NO evidence that anybody ever struck Martin. So why does Martin get to beat Zimmerman’s head into the sidewalk?

Let me repeat this for those of limited intelligence: There is no evidence that Zimmerman started any fight. There is no evidence that Zimmerman ever hit Martin.

One final question. Do you believe that Martin had the right to kill Zimmerman by beating his head against the sidewalk?

Feb 27, 2013 5:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

@hansEcker, to quote you ‘One final question. Do you believe that Martin had the right to kill Zimmerman by beating his head against the sidewalk?’ Personally, No, but legally in the state of FL with the stand your ground law, yes he did. Every version i have heard of the events leading up to confrontation clearly show Zimmerman as the aggressor, he is after all the only armed one, why would you be armed unless you think there is trouble brewing?

Feb 27, 2013 5:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Randy549 wrote:

The stand your ground law did not allow Martin to beat Zimmerman’s head into the concrete in response to asking him a question. It only allows use of deadly force if a reasonable person would believe their life is being threatened. Asking someone a question is not a life-threatening action, according to the reasonable person test. Beating someone’s head against the concrete, however, is. Sorry USAPragmatist but your logic fails.

Feb 27, 2013 9:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Gabowski wrote:

@USAPragmatist: The firearm was in it’s holster until it became necessary for Zimmerman pull it out to save himself from severe bodily injury or possible death. So many people are hung up on the fact that Zimmerman had a gun. The gun didn’t come into play until it was needed to ward off a violent aggressor.

Feb 27, 2013 10:48pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jcfl wrote:

if zimmerman truly feels threatened enogh to wear body armor he should just do what he does best….shoot everyone he feels in his mind is a threat to him. florida law will back him up in each case.

Feb 28, 2013 6:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
elven_archer wrote:

Wow so cute!!
And here I thought he was the threat and we should buy and wear armor!!

Feb 28, 2013 9:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
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