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What others say: An emotional case

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  • WHAT NOW? Saint George, UT
    June 12, 2013 12:23 a.m.

    Zimmerman, an armed vigilante, stalked, confronted and murdered an unarmed minor.

    Zimmerman made the decision to be judge, jury and executioner.

    Zimmerman's only hope is that the judge, jury and executioner are more merciful to him than he was to the unarmed minor.

  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    June 12, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    Zimmerman, a volunteer night watchman had every right to be suspicious of a stranger in his neighborhood, to follow and observe someone who may have been up to no good casing his neighborhood for opportunities. When the suspect confronted him and commenced to assault Zimmerman, bashing his head on the sidewalk, then punching him incessantly, until Zimmerman decided he had no option by to defend himself with deadly force. Self-defense is how I see it.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    June 12, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    George Zimmerman is innocent. The man defended himself against a pot smoking kid that attacked him and bloodied him up. I suspect had this been a white or Hispanic man killed by a black man there would have been no issue. The PC culture we live in today is terrible. There is no way Zimmerman is going to get a fair trail. This is OJ all over again.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 12, 2013 12:51 p.m.

    The facts, which at present are confused and contradictory, will come out in the trial. Until then, most of this is pointless speculation. The one fact that everyone agrees on is that Zimmerman shot an unarmed kid in the chest and killed him. That will have to be explained in the trial, if Zimmerman is to be acquitted.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 12, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    I would be a poor selection for the jury for the trial of George Zimmerman.

    It has nothing to do with whether he is guilty or innocent, I have a very profound dislike for people who take it upon themselves to enforce their wishes on others.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 12, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    Hey everyone, don't worry, we have WHAT NOW? in St.George. He knows the facts.

    Patriot, yes this could be an OJ case all over again, but in reverse. And the disappointing thing was, OJ did get a fair trial. The fair trial ended up letting a murderer go free.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 3:51 p.m.

    Igualmente and Patriot are exactly right.

    The kid is a proven drug user who attacked Zimmerman

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    June 12, 2013 11:19 p.m.

    "This is OJ all over again."
    If Zimmerman is acquitted for this murder, I hope the Martin family remembers all their options... sue in civil court for wrongful death.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 13, 2013 7:09 a.m.

    If Travon was slamming Zimmerman's head into the sidewalk, then Zimmerman shooting Travon was justified self defense.

  • The Skeptical Chymist SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    June 13, 2013 9:59 a.m.

    cjb and others,

    "If Travon was slamming Zimmerman's head into the sidewalk..."

    That's a very big if. The video from the police department when Zimmerman was initially brought in for questioning doesn't seem to show any facial injuries at all.

    As I've said, there are a lot of different versions of the facts in this case out there, and it isn't clear at all what happened. I expect that evidence (something none of us have access to) will come out at the trial that will establish many of these facts. The verdict should then be based on evidence, not the speculations that people are engaging in here.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 13, 2013 1:12 p.m.

    IMO to the court it should be a matter of LAW... not Emotion.

    To you and I and the media it can be all about emotion, anger, etc, but in a court of law... it's about the law.

    If we decide we should be able to convict people on the level of emotion of the bystanders... we would have a lot of innocent people being convicted to satisfy our emotion. That's not the way it's supposed to work in a court of law.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 13, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    Ultra Bob

    You're right, you would be a poor selection for the jury for this or ANY trial.

    If you think, and I'll quote from your post, "It has nothing to do with whether he is guilty or innocent"... then yes you would make a very poor selection for any jury.

    You also proclaim, "I have a very profound dislike for people who take it upon themselves to enforce their wishes on others"... are YOU not taking it upon yourself to enforce our wishes on others when you say "It doesn't matter if he is guilty or innocent"?

    The hypocrisy is just amazing.

    This is not a question of emotion or the amount of hatred that can be mustered against the defendant. It's about the law, not the emotion.

    We don't convict people based on emotion. If you could impose our own wishes on others... and convict on emotion... Jessie Jackson and AL Sharpton would have him in prison for life already. We're lucky people like you are not in charge here and we still have a Constitution that protects us from people like you.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    June 13, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    Skeptical, I in fact did see some color pictures of Zimmerman as he came into the police department, and he definately had some facial injuries and blood. the black and white photos did not show that.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    June 13, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    I not sure but when someone knows nothing and thinks they know every thing. should do well in politics.