Date: 2012-03-25 02:27 am (UTC)
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It's going to be a very difficult legal question, I think. (Sarah T. and I are arguing this in the LJ post; see there if you like.) Florida law allows the use of lethal force in response to a reasonable belief that one is at risk of death or great bodily harm. Zimmerman was a big dude, but if the eyewitness has it right Martin had Zimmerman pinned and was beating the stuffing out of him. I can see Zimmerman's lawyer arguing that Zimmerman reasonably feared fatal or disabling head trauma. Except the same law gives *Martin* the right to use force to defend himself against an attacker. I don't know if it'll come down to who started the actual fight part, or if Zimmerman put Martin in fear by following him, or what.

It almost doesn't matter. As I said, Trayvon Martin isn't Trayvon Martin anymore.
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