Alefroth wrote:I don't see how you cannot see how this complicates things
Eh? We have his word that he was attacked. It was claimed (I believe by the police) that he had injuries that corroborated his story (well, not really, they only corroborate that a struggle occurred). Those injuries go away, we still are left with his word, and the word of an eye witness.
The injuries NEVER told us anything about how the incident started, or even told us anything about how threatened his life was.
My person opinion not with standing, we are still left with his statement and a witness. Given what Jag has said about SYG cases in Florida, even if we were left with ONLY his statement and no physical evidence, he'd still walk.
It only complicates things in the minds of 3rd party observers like you and me. It doesn't change anything from a due process view point. As unhappy as that might make people.
Edit: I don't know about that town, but in my city paramedics are called to administer first aid. Cops almost never provide medical attention. Do we have any info on this? ambulance driver, paramedic, hospital? While I maintain that the injuries are not relevant from a jurisprudence standpoint, I am curious. Unfortunately I still feel that there has been wrongdoing that has not been revealed as of yet, which is probably tainted by the police station and officer's history of wrongdoing if not outright corruption, and the idea that Zimmermann caused this to happen based on his own words and the up 'til now lack of violent history for Trayvon (I'm in hepcat's court on this one. Any "evidence" that he was a bad guy is nothing more than typical teenage chestpuffing, especially since he doesn't have any record. Not even an arrest, let alone conviction).