Today, Yahoo had a news article. It’s one of a half a dozen that I’ve seen in the past day or so that has a different ‘attitude’. Namely, a far less biased tone, and one that is questioning of Martin’s nature. It also happens to include a new photo of a much older Martin lacking the child-likeness of the photo that has been used prior. A criticism that many have made over this issue, and rightly so.
The article also details some interesting accounts from Martin’s Facebook page, including that Martin had swung at a bus driver. The article also restates that Martin’s suspension was due to marijuana pariphenalia (empty dime bag).
What’s being painted is a troubled, aggressive young man. And I think the media is now becoming a little shy of being too strongly in Martin’s camp because of a fear that Martin may show himself to be a not-so-great street urchin.
How does this affect my view of the case?
Not very much, first off, as much as I dislike street urchins it is not within my jurisdiction to remove them from the streets. Although when they are removed, I believe all of society benefits.
My view is the same as it was before, but I’ll expound on the matters in relation to the present state of things:
- There were too many questions regarding this case and who initiated the conflict, that I felt it had to go to trial. It wasn’t clear cut. Zimmerman appears to have pursued, and a dual self-defense scenario could be possible. In such a case, I believe a judicial determination needs to be made.
- Zimmerman, may have acted negligently, and there is a good chance he could find himself facing manslaughter convictions. However, more evidence is mounting that Zimmerman may in fact have been acting in self-defense and been pursued by Martin.
In Zimmerman’s defense, it’s become fairly clear he was not a lone-patrolmen and was involved in an active community neighborhood watch. The 46 calls have been revealed to be over 11 years (very reasonable as a block watch captain). And many friends, of varying ethnicities, have vocally supported him as not being a racist.
- This ALL comes down to about one minute of time, in which the question is “Who confronted who first?” and who first created a scenario in which the individual felt threatened for their well being. Was Zimmerman’s shot in defense of his well being? Or was Martin’s punch in defense of his well being? That’s up to a court to decide.
- What I’ll wager will happen, Zimmerman will either face manslaughter charges or the charges will be repudiated and Zimmerman will be set free. He then will be sued in civil court. Even if they cannot pursue Zimmerman in civil court for self-defense, I’d wager a good lawyer can sue him for negligence and improper actions in his role as a Block Watch captain. And that those failings were a contributing factor to Martin’s death. (So they won’t be able to try him on the shooting itself but on his role in the neigborhood watch.
I’ve never suspected that Martin is squeaky clean. But unless he was in the act of crime or harm, I do not think he should have been approached in such manner. There is a lot of questionable testimony on both sides. And I believe the only way for this to be answered is to go to court and let the courts sift through all the evidence and rhetoric and make a determination.
That seems much more likely to happen now. Initially it looked as it might not, and that was where my objection lay, now a more thorough investigation is transpiring. Now my hope is that there is a “fair” trial. That Zimmerman is tried fairly, and the result be accepted.
The sad thing is that this will likely go down far more in legacy for it’s perceptions. Now what we all have to hope and pray for is that cooler heads prevail. That calls for lynching, riots, and bigotry are not tolerated from any side.