Trayvon Martin Challenge

If you’re unfamiliar with the topic, I have an elaborately long post about this already.

I keep hearing that people are “demanding justice” for Trayvon Martin. What counts as justice? Let’s do a little thought experiment. Would people be satisfied if George Zimmerman were tried in court and then acquitted? No, I don’t think that would be good enough. What about a sentence of manslaughter, carrying a sentence of a few years? I think there might still be cries of injustice. So, what people mean by “justice” seems to be a murder charge, and a long sentence — decades at least, or life. I am sure that would satisfy most protesters and probably Martin’s family as well.

Now, as I’ve mentioned before, none of us wants to live in a country where we can be put away for decades based on public opinion alone. So, here’s the challenge:

  1. Gather what evidence you have, and make sure that it is evidence that can be used in court.
  2. Research existing precedent, especially regarding the “Stand your Ground” form of self-defense which is legal in Florida.
  3. Use 1 and 2 to prove that Zimmerman was not acting in self-defense.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the murder charge you would like to put Zimmerman away for.
  5. Formulate a legal argument for why you believe Zimmerman’s actions satisfy the murder charge you think is appropriate based on 1 and 4.

The only way that Trayvon Martin can get the justice that so many are protesting for (that is, a lengthy sentence and a murder charge for Zimmerman) is if someone makes a strong legal case for it. So, rather than protesting and rather than petitioning online, if you truly just want justice and you believe there is a case, please complete the Trayvon Martin challenge!

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