Friday, March 30, 2012
Does Zimmerman have the right to claim self-defense?
We have read that Trayvon Martin attacked George Zimmerman, and that Zimmernan shot him in "self-defense" (although there were reportedly no signs of a fight on Martin's body), but can he claim self-defense after chasing down Martin? For all Martin knew, Zimmerman was just some thug out to mug him, so if anyone had the right to claim self-defense, it would be Martin.
If it's true that someone can be convicted of murder for merely being involved in a crime in which someone else does the shooting, then Zimmerman is guilty of murder (or at least manslaughter), for starting the process which led to the shooting.
There have also been reports that Zimmerman is a "Jekyll and Hyde," and that he has been known to snap and use wildly excessive force. Such people shouldn't be allowed to carry guns, except in a Wild West situation in which the problem would neutralize itself quickly.
Posted by nonastronaut at 9:16 AM