The whole Zimmerman/Martin trial has gotten way too much press already but hey, it’s my blog. Might as well give my two cents. This post is taken almost entirely from a comment I made down at Crude’s blog.
Let’s say, though we have no actual evidence of this and are only assuming it, that Zimmerman found Martin suspicious because he was black. Let’s say that, despite police warnings, he followed him. Let’s say he provoked the attack verbally. By provoked I do not mean challenging him to a fight. I mean, say, calling him a punk or some such thing. Or even a nigger, just to make him even a little bit more of a villain, though we have absolutely no reason at all to believe he said this.
EVEN THEN George Zimmerman would not be guilty of murder, because Trayvon Martin attacked him and was slamming his head into the ground. Shooting him was STILL self-defense.
That’s something I think people keep forgetting – that even if his following of Martin WAS racially motivated, shooting Martin was STILL not a crime if Martin really started bashing his head into the ground, especially with the evidence they had.
I feel like innocent until proven guilty is forgotten a lot of the time. I remember seeing a “Law and Order: SVU” episode where the ending was left ambiguous. A man was accused of rape, and both him and the woman accusing him sounded completely honest.
The thing is, we’re not supposed to know the verdict. But the man on trial should have been found innocent, because the evidence was not enough to establish that he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. That was the whole point of the ambiguous ending.
It’s also the whole problem with “trial by media”; if the media convicts somebody the jury damn well better follow, or there will be blood. Nobody likes the idea of innocent until proven guilty with people they don’t like, but you bet they’ll all become fans if they’re ever accused of a crime.
This, of course, leads directly into the whole fiasco of Priests accused of sexual abuse. That’s a rabbit hole to jump down another time.