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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dangerous Assumptions in the Case of Trayvon Martin and Geoge Zimmerman
A few days after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case one of the jurors gave an anonymous interview to CNN. The New York Times has now published some of the juror's comments.

What the juror said:
Zimmerman feared for his life and had no choice but to shoot Trayvon Martin.

For whatever reason Trayvon Martin decided to confront Zimmerman and threw the first punch.

“I think his [Zimmerman’s] heart was in the right place” because he just wanted to protect the neighborhood. “It just went terribly wrong.”

“It pretty much happened the way George said it happened.”

The fact that Martin was black did not drive Zimmerman to suspect or follow him…Martin appeared to be walking aimlessly in the rain, looking in houses.

“I think he just profiled him because he was the neighborhood watch and he profiled anybody who came in and saw them acting strange.”

The scream recorded on a neighbor’s cell phone “was a long cry and scream for help [by Zimmerman]—whoever was crying was in fear for their life.”

“Trayvon got mad and attacked him.”

What the juror didn’t say:
 How she knew that Zimmerman feared for his life.

How she knew that Zimmerman had no choice but to shoot Martin, who was unarmed.

How she knew Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” as he followed Martin.

How she knew that Trayvon Martin “got mad and attacked” Zimmerman. 

How she knew that Trayvon Martin threw the first punch. 
Why she was so certain that it was Zimmerman’s voice crying for help when expert witnesses were unable to make positive identification.   

How she was so confident that Zimmerman’s story was the truth. 

Why she didn't consider Trayvon Martin's actions to be in self defense when he was the one being followed.

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