A case for justice: the trial of George Zimmerman
June 13, 2013 6:14 AM Subscribe
posted by corb (290 comments total)
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One year ago, America was gripped with controversy over the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, who claimed he was shooting in self-defense under the "Stand Your Ground" statute, while many believe the shooting, subsequent police inaction, and even the court actions had racial undertones
- given Martin was black and Zimmerman Hispanic. Now, furor somewhat quieter, the trial is beginning, with startling (and occasionally hilarious) presentations and demands from each side, including cellphone photos and texts from Martin's phone
showing drugs and someone holding a gun, which the defense claims the prosecutors withheld
, a list of words
Zimmerman's attorneys want not to be used during the trial, which include any mention of racial profiling, and a (rejected) request that all 500 potential jurors be sequestered until their selection.
This case marks an interesting reversal, as some suggest
prosecutors will be looking for black men who may have been previously profiled, while defense attorneys will be looking for men who sympathize with the police. Both families are on display
, hoping for an outcome that satisfies their sense of justice.
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