Like most everyone else, I was on the “Get George Zimmerman!” bandwagon during the time before he was arrested. Based on the evidence we saw in the media, my opinion was that his defense theory of “stand your ground” would not hold up. That would only work if he was not the aggressor, and there is evidence that he might have been aggressively pursuing Trayvon Martin, even against police advice to stop following him.
Then he was arrested and made a court appearance. Now everything is has changed. The above pic of Zimmerman in the orange shirt is very old and he was quite heavy at the time. He doesn’t look anything like that now. It turns out the current Zimmerman is very attractive.
The problem with attractive people: they get everything handed to them. Better jobs, bigger promotions, a better life, and in the case of the justice system they enjoy a higher acquittal rate.
What we end up with is a defendant who admits to killing an unarmed juvenile, who is presumed innocent by law, who is using a defense tactic that stacks the deck in his favor, who has no living witness to testify against him, PLUS he’s really good looking, looks great in a suit, is bright-eyed, and has a soft voice. Is there reasonable doubt as to who the aggressor was? At this point yes, there is a huge amount of reasonable doubt. Will a jury convict? No way, not in a million years. And that may be why the prosecutor was reluctant to charge him in the first place. He knew the case was a loser right from the start.
Is this what I want? Of course not. I think if he is guilty then a jury should look past his attractiveness and not give him any extra benefit simply because of his outward appearance. I want to see justice done.