Originally Posted by cross22
Trayvon's mother on Today's Show:
“I believe it was an accident,’’ Fulton said. “I believe that it just got out of control, and he couldn’t turn the clock back.’’
Ok, I'm an asshole and I always see the worst in people, so take that as it is. It is possible she's saying that to set up for a civil lawsuit against the community.
It goes like this. Z may have been acting as an agent for the community. It doesn't matter if he was "on duty" or was an official member of the neighbourhood watch. But if he did these things with the knowledge and/or permission of the community then an agency relationship could be established.
Why does that matter? Well because Z doesn't have a pot to piss in. The big fish in this lawsuit is the community and their insurance policy.
Ok, so why does it matter if it was an accident? Well because if Z did this thing intentionally then the insurance policy probably would not cover an intentional tort by an agent (which murder certainly is). If however it were an accident then the community could be sued under a negligence theory and the insurance company would be on the hook.
I have no knowledge of the specifics of the community insurance policy, the relationship between Z and the community, the intentions of this woman, or the likelihood of such a suit being successful. I merely point it out as a possibility because anyone sitting next to Al Sharpton is immediately suspect because as I've demonstrated without opposition, Al Sharpton is an asshole.