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I just posted this in my musing thread. Just another example of Zimmerman's racism and need to commit physical violence against black men.
If you want more from the Angela Corey team, she's (personally) trying the case against that white guy that shot up an SUV full of unarmed black teens. Apparently both sides have rested and it's going to the jury tomorrow. The five days of testimony have been detailed over at Legal Insurrection: http://legalinsurrection.com/tag/loud-music-murder-trial/
Basically, the guy fired nine or ten shots in three bursts, with about ten second pause before the last burst. That doesn't help. He left the scene and didn't contact the authorities (though he didn't hide either). His girlfriend has been turned by the State and denied that he was planning to turn himself in and didn't corroborate some of his story. The surviving kids basically said that the shooter asked them to turn the music down, they did, but Davis (the deceased) cursed at the shooter and had them turn it back up -- and he shot at him for that. They drove away after the shooting then came back (to get rid of the gun? I'm sure that's the defense theory). The shooter's story is basically the same except he says Davis repeatedly threatened him and pointed something that looked like a gun barrel at him.
Surprisingly the commentators seem to be impressed with Corey as a trial lawyer. The shooter testified and seems to have been largely consistent with his original statement to the cops. Cross by John Guy (remember him?) was largely ineffectual. The defense lawyer doesn't seem to be impressing anyone. Notwithstanding that the prosecutors have no real motive for the shooting, it sounds like the guy's going to get convicted. Then again, the jury might stereotype the victims -- I mean, I've seen literally dozens of shootings over arguments in parking lots, and suffice to say that the profile of the parking-lot shooter ain't a middle-aged white guy.
The moral of this story is that if you shoot somebody and want to say it's self-defense, don't flee and wait for the cops to come arrest you.
It seems to me that it's unlikely they've voted to convict him of murder and couldn't agree about the other charges. And I hope they wouldn't find that he acted in self-defense in shooting the one kid and still attempted to murder (or is otherwise culpable) for shooting into the vehicle, but that's possible given that he shot at it as it was driving away. Or they could agree on conviction of all the other counts and be deadlocked about whether shooting the kid was manslaughter or murder.
Who knows with these things. Just gotta wait and see.
(1) Is the defense of self-defense separate for each person in each count? A: “Yes.”
(2) Are we determining if deadly force is justified against each person in each count? A: “Yes.”
(3) Or if we determine deadly force is justified against one person, is it justified against others? A: “No. Self defense and justifiable use of deadly force applies separately to each count.”
The way they've been coming down on civilian shootings, I don't know. Remember the Bernie Goetz jury instructions where the jury was told to account for each bullet individually?
Leaving aside the bullshit self-defense claim, charging first-degree murder here always seemed a little overzealous. All the evidence points to an altercation that got way out of hand. Premeditation because the defendant had a few seconds to think as he walked back to his car to get his gun is a stretch.