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  •  Yes, I have followed the case closely (3+ / 0-)

    And I understand that you're not defending Zimmerman.

    However, I'm surprised that you seem to think circumstantial evidence is somehow weaker than direct evidence. I understand that jurors are instructed to give both equal weight.

    Circumstantial evidence can often be more conclusive than eyewitness testimony. Eyewitnesses are notoriously unreliable. They observe poorly, suffer memory lapses, and are subject to subtle, subconscious biases.

    •  In the jury's discretion. (0+ / 0-)

      Neither circumstantial nor direct evidence automatically trumps the other. The jury is entitled to consider both, and to decide what to believe.

      If the jury decides, "We're not sure what to believe," then they have to acquit.

      Your points about the unreliability of eyewitness testimony are true. But that doesn't mean (a) the judge will let Zimmerman's lawyers tell the jury that, or (b) the jury will believe it even if they hear it. And as I noted above, there may not be any eyewitnesses about the crucial facts.

      None, that is, except Zimmerman. And as I said, Zimmerman will almost certainly tell the jury some tale that (if believed) weaves together all the seeming contradictions in the evidence in some way that covers all the bases for self-defense under Florida law.

      I'm not saying Zimmerman is sure to be acquitted. I'm only saying we should not assume he'll be convicted.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 03:35:49 PM PDT

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