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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

From The Progressive, July 16, 2013 
Four Truths the Zimmerman Jury Ignored
By Kirk Nielsen

In the prosecution’s last remarks to the six-woman jury of the George Zimmerman trial, assistant state attorney John Guy delivered a famous quote from Voltaire: “To the living we owe respect, and to the dead we owe the truth.”

Of course, the living also deserve the truth, especially the family and friends of the dead teenager in this case, Trayvon Martin. They and a good many Americans are trying to come to terms with a distressing disconnect between the truth and the not guilty verdict the jurors delivered. They can place some of the blame in Florida’s wild and reckless laws governing self-defense.

It’s not like the prosecution hadn’t backed up John Guy’s poetic plea with a lot of substance. At a news conference after the verdict, Angela Corey, the Jacksonville state attorney who presided over the prosecution, reaffirmed, “We believe that we brought out the truth on behalf of Trayvon Martin.” It’s just that the jurors would not, or could not, see enough of it in the weirdly fragmented versions of reality they consumed inside the courtroom.

Part of the truth that came out is that -- in the real world -- the then 28-year-old Zimmerman set in motion the series of events that led to Martin’s death on a Sunday evening in February 2012. Obviously, if Zimmerman had stayed home or gone to church, he never would have shot Martin.
The fact that Zimmerman initiated the series of events is an important point in Florida law, because it allowed state prosecutors to define Zimmerman as an aggressor. Read on. 



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