Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Another look at George Zimmerman's trial*

Yesterday, George Zimmerman's attacker was sentenced to 20 years, according to the Orlando Sentinel. This brings back memories of Zimmerman's killing of Trayvon Martin, and Zimmerman's subsequent trial.

I did not follow Zimmerman's trial day-by-day. But, I remember hearing the testimony of the female medical first-responder who arrived on the scene shortly after the police. She described the injuries to Zimmerman's nose and head, and I said to myself that Zimmerman was innocent.

As stated, I did not follow the trial closely, and my opinion is just that, but Massad Ayoob followed the trial closely and compiled a series of reports at his Backwoods Home Magazine blog. If you are not acquainted with Ayoob, check his Biography HERE. He is a sought out trainer, expert witness, and speaker.

UPDATE: The twenty links to Ayoob's trial reports listed below have changed. You can access the first one HERE. Each report has a link to the following and previous report.

The following is a compilation of his Zimmerman trial reports.
1. The verdict
2. The "unarmed teen"
3. Who started it
4. The Stand your ground element
5. The gun stuff
6. "What if" vs "what is"
7. Why the jury didn't learn about Trayvon Martin
8. The quantity of injury argument
9. The propaganda factor
10. The semantics
11. Rating the lawyers (defense)
12. Rating the lawyers (prosecution)
13. Angela Corey
14. The judge
15. Talk at the scene, talk on the stand
16. The impact on the black community
17. The cops
18. Aftershocks
19. Lessons
20. ... And into the future
The facts are in. The jury decided correctly. It is up to you whether you will accept the clear facts, or stand on illogical emotion. Standing on emotion means you help perpetuate the race problem. Yes, it is sad that Martin was killed in this incident, but the facts show that he attacked Zimmerman, and Zimmerman had every right to defend himself against this unlawful, felonious aggression.

*Author's note: I originally published this when I wrote for Examiner, which is now out of


  1. It must be noted too, that Zimmerman did not pull his Keltec pistol when Martin was punching him. He pulled his pistol when Martin had him on the ground, was straddling him, and was beating his head on the sidewalk. At that point Zimmerman was rightly in fear of severe bodily injury or death and shot Martin once. Zimmerman also said that when he was on the ground and Martin was straddling him, that Zimmerman's shirt rode up and exposed his firearm. He was afraid that Martin was going to take it and use it against him. Martin was NOT the 12 year old that the media portrayed him, but rather a hulking 17 year old thus wannabe.


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