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April 12, 2012

Charging Document Against Zimmerman Says That Zimmerman Said "F***in' Punks"

Punks. Hey, guess The Q got that one right and CNN got it wrong.

It's a very brief document.

Among the "facts" it claims is that:

Zimmerman continued following Martin, though there is no evidence of that.

Zimmerman began the confrontation, though there is no evidence of that.

It is Trayvon Martin heard crying out for help in one 911 call, because Trayvon's mom says it's him. (Ignoring the witness who says it was Zimmerman, and also ignoring the strangeness of the guy on top crying out for help while the guy on the bottom stays heroically silent.)

The prosecution will need to prove these things, and I don't think they can.

The witness they'll be relying on, I assume, is Trayvon's girlfriend, who was on the phone with her shortly before the confrontation -- but previously statements by her reported by the press didn't seem to concern any of the central points (like who began the confrontation). Oh: Maybe not. This is all hearsay, of course. Not sure if there's an exception to cover this. None occurs to me, off the top of my head.

I'd like to see if her statements have, um, evolved into a state that is more helpful to the prosecution.

Full document here. It's very thin. No evidence, of course, and barely even any assertions.


I Have A Big Relevant Question: We know about the fatal gunshot to Trayvon.

Did he have any signs of being punched on his face or body?

If he didn't -- then that does suggest that either he threw the first punch or was so dominant in the struggle that George Zimmerman could not lay a lick on him.

Zimmerman has at least two injuries -- nose and back of head -- so we know he at least got hit.

Did Trayvon?

Relevant, isn't it?


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