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  1. While the Maryland and Maine votes certainly are uplifting in that they indicate a greater opposition to discrimination... gay marriage/rights should not be decided by the states.
  2. Wow - and I thought Bain Capital was cruel.
  3. Maybe the sanctions will lead the school to focus on another area of lucrative entertainment. Like concerts.
  4. This ties in with my comment about not "loving" Chris Christie in the thread paging CC lovers a few months ago. Just because I may like or respect the work that certain people do, that doesn't mean I have any connection to them as people.
  5. I just finished watching the entire series in about 3 weeks. I pretty much agree with everything stated above. I was really disappointed with what they did (or didn't do) with Jon - his character had a lot of promise in season 1. I must say, though, that the chants of "HALF MAN! HALF MAN!" during the battle were just priceless.
  6. It's certainly possible that Zimmerman brandished the gun and Martin, feeling understandably threatened, jumped him at an opportune moment and went all Brock Lesnar on him. But I suspect that the other possibilities will create enough reasonable doubt for an acquittal, at least on the murder charge.
  7. Witness Told Cops He Saw Trayvon Martin Straddling George Zimmerman And Punching Him "MMA Style" A witness told Florida cops that he saw Trayvon Martin straddling George Zimmerman and pummeling the neighborhood watch captain “MMA style” shortly before the unarmed teen was felled by a gunshot to the chest. The witness’s account was included in Sanford Police Department reports released today. Interviewed by cops about 90 minutes after the shooting, the witness--whose name was redacted from police documents--said that he was inside his home when he heard a “commotion coming from the walk way” behind his residence. The man recalled seeing “a black male, wearing a dark colored ‘hoodie’ on top of a white or Hispanic male who was yelling for help.” The black male, he added, “was mounted on the white or Hispanic male and throwing punches ‘MMA (mixed martial arts) style.'” The witness--who was in his living room and about 30 feet away from the confrontation-- said he called out to the two men that he was dialing 911. “He then heard a ‘pop,’” police reported, and saw the black male “laid out on the grass.”
  8. Dershowitz: Drop George Zimmerman’s murder charge A defendant, under Florida law, loses his “stand your ground” defense if he provoked the encounter — but he retains traditional self-defense if he reasonably believed his life was in danger and his only recourse was to employ deadly force. Thus, if Zimmerman verbally provoked Martin, but Martin then got on top of Zimmerman and banged his head into the ground, broke his nose, bloodied his eyes and persisted in attacking Zimmerman — and if Zimmerman couldn’t protect himself from further attack except by shooting Martin — he would have the right to do that. (The prosecution has already admitted that it has no evidence that Zimmerman started the actual fight.)
  9. If the gun was being brandished, I can't see why either would hit the other. Zimmerman wouldn't need to, and Martin would be taking a huge risk by doing so.
  10. How are you privy to the knowledge that Martin was aware Zimmerman had a gun?
  11. If you're afraid of getting into a physical altercation with someone, I would think that the last thing you'd want to do is initiate a physical altercation with that person. An exception to that would be if you're someone physically confined by that person and trying to escape, but that doesn't seem to be the case here AFAIK.
  12. Did he really fight "back," though? That's what lies at the heart of this case. The FC legal peeps can elaborate on this much better than I can, but AFAIK, there are very few instances where initiating violence is justifiable. Being followed by someone else is not one of them.
  13. Nothing I have read supports that. If you have something different post a link. Getting out of the car and continuing to follow is not accosting. One needs to confront to accost. We also don't know he tried to run from him, that in fact appears to be contrary to the facts. Eric, read the link I posted. Definitely know that he was running. OK D - I read the link - So Mr. Martin's girlfriend gives him the advice to run so he did. Mr. Zimmerman sees him run after already believing the behavior was suspicious, furthering his suspicion. But here's the key point to the running, Mr. Zimmerman lost sight of Mr. Martin, he did not chase him down and initiate the confrontation. This makes it sound as if Mr. Martin circled around in some fashion to locate his pursuer. If Mr. Zimmerman lost sight of him why did Mr. Martin seek out the guy who was following him? One Mr. Martin lost Mr. Zimmerman why did he not go straight home? Why did he not call the police himself? There is at least an equally good chance Mr. Martin actually initiated the fatal confrontation as did Mr. Zimmerman. I was of the belief that it was much more likely that Zimmerman initiated, but the consigliere's argument has me reconsidering.
  14. No one here is doing that. But you know that already. Nobody? Really? Because some on this thread seem pretty certain Zimmerman's case was a local matter, and should have stayed that way, in which case he never would have been arrested and brought to trial. So if someone has an opinion other than yours, they're desperate and pretending? Did I say that? No. I didn't say that you did. Please read the order of quotes above.
  15. No one here is doing that. But you know that already. Nobody? Really? Because some on this thread seem pretty certain Zimmerman's case was a local matter, and should have stayed that way, in which case he never would have been arrested and brought to trial. So if someone has an opinion other than yours, they're desperate and pretending?