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  •  Once Zimmerman dropped his "stand your (5+ / 0-)

    ground (SYG)" defense and decided to go the more common route of self defense, I was satisfied.  Whether he is found guilty or innocent, at least a jury of his peers will make that determination.

    It does give me pause, though, that he decided to go that route.  With the SYG claim, he would have no choice but to testify in front of a judge.  I gather that was something he was unwilling to do.  But why?

    So despite what Johnny Wurster says, this is not an open and shut case.  Otherwise, Zimmerman would have taken the shorter, much less expensive route in front of the judge.

    •  it'll be a lot easier to prevail at trial. (0+ / 0-)

      in the SYG hearing, Z had to prove self-defense by a preponderance of the evidence, while at trial the prosecution has to prove he didn't act in self-defense beyond a reasonable defense.

      the only downside to trial is that he'll have to defend himself in the inevitable civil suit when the Martins sue him, but it still makes sense to get this over with first.

      •  civil suit? (0+ / 0-)

        If Z wins the self-defense immunity, there will be no civil suits.  

        By the time a civil suit is filed, Z will be indigent and penniless.  The ink will have run out in his autograph pen.

        The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

        by Tidalwave on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 04:35:44 PM PST

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