Dangerousman wrote:You have a pretty narrow view of "legal case" and I doubt you'll find any lawyers who will agree with yours.
Funny, I made that statment after talking to two criminal defense lawyers who both were surprised that Zimmerman's lawyer got away with releasing that information.
Dangerousman wrote:[You might want to listen to Zimmerman's 911 call again because you're clearly wrong on the facts. There's absolutely nothing in there that suggests Zimmerman "left his vehicle and pursued the victim after having be specifically advised against that by the 911 operator." Instead it indicates that Zimmerman was already out of his vehicle and trying to determine Martin's direction of travel after Martin ran. Only then does the dispatcher ask Zimmerman if he is following him. Zimmerman replied "yeah" and the dispatcher said "OK, we don't need you to do that." To which Zimmerman replies "OK". The remainder of the conversation is Zimmerman talking about where the police can meet him. The call is consistent with Zimmerman heading back to his vehicle to meet with the police.
Read back through the transcripts (several actually, amazingly all a little different). There is actually nothing in the transcript that indicates that Zimmerman is in or out of his car when asked if he is following Martin, but given that he was out of the car at some point, I'll give you that he was probably already out of the car when the call started (seeing as he is not a police officer that's actually not actually a good thing in my mind, as a neighborhood watch captain he should have known his job is to act as an observer and call the police).
The response of "OK" to the dispatcher's statement "Ok, we don't need you to do that" is non-commital. Had he said, ok, I'll head back to my car, or Ok, I stop then it would actually mean somethng. We have only Zimmerman's word that he then started returning to his car. Given that he's trying to beat a murder charge, his statement has to be taken with a grain of salt. His request that the police call him when they got there rather then meet him at a predetermined location isn't the request of a man going back to his car to wait for the police to arrive.
In other news this story: Zimmerman defense team: Need more cash for proper defense
is pretty funny. Knowing a few lawyers who do public defender work, I'm guessing most of them would love to have 10% of what these guys have already spent, available for a case.