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Topic: Crime and Punishment

Results in this view: Yes - Murder 22% - Manslaughter 22% - No - Innocent 56% - Convince Me 0%
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By Anthony Brock According to the evidence and case presented by prosecutors, which are tasked with proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he was guilty of murder, he is innocent. I think they would have been much more successful if they went for manslaughter. I do not believe his intent was to murder Martin, but his actions can be said to have directly lead to Martin's death. Despite any other evidence, or lack thereof, a strong argument can be made that had Zimmerman followed the instructions of police dispatch that night chances are he would still be alive. Though, it is not a certainty. It is not unreasonable to say that Martin may have reacted to police questioning him the same as he responded to Zimmerman, and ended up being shot by police just the same. It was well established that Martin had previous problems with authority.

Not all the blame can fall on Zimmerman for the altercation. Personally, if I am being followed in the dark by an unknown person, my first reaction is most certainly not going to be to physically confront that person, without having a strong tactical advantage. My first choice is going to be to get within the safety of my home that is a matter of a few yards away. I'm certainly not saying Martin deserved to die. He absolutely didn't, but it cannot simply be ignored that he was responsible for his own actions that night, the same as Zimmerman. Had he chosen to run the few feet home he would just as easily be alive the same as if Zimmerman had never gotten out of his car. The fact that a life was lost in such a stupid fashion is a tragedy, no doubt, but making decisions based solely on emotional reactions is ill advised, to say the least.
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