Zimmerman Trial Day 6: Video, Analysis of State’s Case & Witnesses

Hey folks, Today we will again be covering the Zimmerman Trial live, all day, with streaming video. Continuing commentary will be posted in the Twitter feed of selected contributors below the first video feed, and breaking news will be added at the bottom of this post. During the lunch recess, or immediately thereafter, we will …

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Zimmerman Update — How Much Injury Is Required Before Self-Defense is Justified?

Hey folks, I just put up our last Zimmerman post of the weekend over at Legal Insurrection, on the issue of how much injury a person is required to suffer before they can legally use deadly force in self-defense. I’ve linked it below. In the meantime, don’t forget to join us again tomorrow, 9:00AM, right …

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Zimmerman Trial: Why Can Martin’s Parents Stay in Courtroom, But Zimmerman’s Family Can’t? FL Law Explained

Hey folks, I’ve received a lot of messages since the start of the trial about why it is that Judge Nelson threw the Zimmerman family out of the courtroom, but allowed the Martin family to stay. Clearly both are there for similar reasons–the Zimmerman family to support their son George, the defendant, and the Martin …

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Zimmerman Trial: Evidentiary Flashback: AUTOPSY REPORT: Clinical cause of death of Trayvon Martin

It is common knowledge at this point that George Zimmerman fired a single 115g 9mm JHP bullet into the chest of Trayvon Martin the night of February 26, 2012, that the bullet struck Martin’s heart, and that Martin died as a result of his injuries. I have obtained a copy of the official autopsy report …

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Zimmerman Trial: If State can’t get murder 2, can they get manslaughter? Yes . . . and no

Hey folks, As we all know by now, Zimmerman has been charged with second degree murder. In Florida second degree murder requires that the State prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Zimmerman possessed a “depraved mind” at the moment he killed Trayvon Martin. For an explanation of Florida’s requirement of a “depraved mind,” click here: …

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Zimmerman Trial – Open Comment Forum – Weekend Wrap-Up & Reader Poll

Hey folks, Our Friday end-of-day analysis post had accumulated in excess of 200 comments, and, perhaps coincidentally, we also began hearing increasing complaints of slow loading.  Whether the cause is the large number of comments or some other aspect of the page, Professor Jacobson and I thought it would be worthwhile to put up a …

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Getting to Murder 2: Finding George Zimmerman’s “Depraved Mind”

Hey folks, If you’re wondering about how, and whether, the State will be able to prove George Zimmerman guilty of second degree murder, you might find it interesting to take a look at a detailed blog post I did on this very subject over at Legal Insurrection, in which I discuss the legal thresholds the …

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Zimmerman Case: The Five Principles of the Law of Self Defense & FL Statutes

As we enjoy today’s pause in the courtroom action of the Zimmerman trial it might be a nice time to do a quick overview of how the law of self defense will be fought over at trial. Also in that ame post over at Legal Insurrection, I’ve put together a brief overview of the Five …

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Zimmerman Trial: Evidentiary Flashback: George Zimmerman’s Concealed Weapons License

Hey folks, The question has occasionally come up whether George Zimmerman possessed a Florida Concealed Weapons License the night he was beaten by Trayvon Martin. Indeed, he did, and I’ve obtained the following (admittedly terrible) copy of Zimmerman’s CWL  imbedded below: For those of you who may not possess your own Florida CWL, below you …

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Zimmerman Trial Day 5 – End-of-Day Analysis & Video of State’s Witnesses

Hey folks, For those who are interested, my end-of-day video and analysis of the Day 5 of Florida v. Zimmerman has just been posted: Zimmerman Trial Day 5 – Analysis & Video – State’s own witnesses undercut theory of guilt To see our three “breaking news” reports, click below: Zimmerman trial blockbuster — Eyewitness says …

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