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Mike Lester

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 3 years ago

    Ha!
    I wouldn’t be surprised since that Lefty judge obviously is hoping for a guilty verdict, but deep down knows there’s no way you can convict a guy for murder when he’s getting his head bashed in by a thug high on drugs.
    If my neighborhood was under siege by burglars and thieves, I’d sign up to patrol the area as well and you can bet I’d be packing in case one of these punks did attack.
    Seems like an acquittal is the obvious conclusion unless this judge pulls some more stunts or we have a jury as dumb as OJ’s.

  2. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 3 years ago

    ConserveGov,
    are you aware that Mr. Zimmerman was the one who first suggested a neighborhood watch shortly after he moved into the neighborhood? That the reason he was alone that night was because his neighbors felt there was no need for a watch since crime in that neighborhood was nearly nonexistent? It was certainly not under siege
    ^.
    Mr. Zimmerman is guilty of ignoring the 911 operator when he was told “We don’t need you to do that” when Mr. Zimmerman admitted he was still following his ‘target’. He is also guilty of getting out of his car to confront the now dead “thug high on drugs” as you describe him.
    ^
    Mr. Zimmerman had called 911 over 60 times since becoming a ’Watchman". His own recorded words show he was frustrated because his targets “always get away”. I never heard that any of his 911 calls resulted in an arrest of someone guilty of a crime.
    ^
    I do not believe Mr. Zimmerman is guilty of premeditated murder, but had he simply done one of two things… obeyed the 911 operator or stayed in his car… Trayvon Martin would not be dead at his hand, and Mr. Zimmerman would not be having to look over his shoulder for the rest of his life. Because whether he goes to jail or is acquitted, there is an intolerant, bigoted, and angry person out there who wants to avenge the boy.
    It is an outcome without civility, and without respect between neighbors, it will only get worse.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  3. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 3 years ago

    Regardless of the verdict in this case, there will be problems.

    If he’s found not guilty, then there likely will be riots by a community similar to that which rioted when Rodney King was beaten by police (regardless of the fact that King was hopped up on PCP and other fun recreational chemicals). A community that when it riots, feels they have the right to destroy public and private property, hurting other people who weren’t even involved in the situation. You have a right to peacefully assemble, not to riot and cause destruction. And that’s aside from whatever nonsense our POTUS is going to throw out there, inserting himself into an issue and making it worse.

    If he’s found guilty (which I doubt), it will set the precedent that you cannot use lethal force to defend yourself. This will have a more insidious impact which will make people think twice about being a part of neighborhood watch and defending themselves in public. While Castle Laws usually permit you to defend yourself in your home, this case will set the example that you can be charged with murder if you defend yourself.

  4. Rx71Wm29

    Rx71Wm29 GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Now THAT would be a funny verdict!

  5. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, about 3 years ago

    It is interesting to see you go back to the typical liberal refrain: “I know that I am wrong so I call you a racist and blame Fox News”. The only thing missing in your refrain is to blame George Bush.

  6. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, about 3 years ago

    BTW: Zimmerman did not testify. So, what lies are you referring to?

  7. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, about 3 years ago

    Who thinks that Eric Holder (or his appointee) called the judge and said that a guilty verdict may get her a position as a Federal judge?

  8. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, about 3 years ago

    Thank you, Varney. Those are my fears – the legal precedent a not guilty verdict would set. Whoever feels like they want to kill someone (whether revenge, for thrills, or prejudice) would simply need to start a scuffle, take a few hits, and pull out their legally concealed weapon, claiming Florida v. Zimmerman as a defense.

  9. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 3 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    RT
    I will agree with you that I would not have kept following Mr Martin if I was Z. I would of reported the activity to the cops and let them handle it. Is Z possibly guilty of Stupidity? Maybe yes. But as all of us here on Gocomics knows, stupidity is Not a crime.
    Trayvon also did something that was stupid. If a guy comes up to you in a different neighborhood and asks you what you’re doing, you could do 1 of 2 very easy things that would avoid confrontation: 1) Ignore him or tell him to mind his own business and keep walking. 2) Tell him you’re going to a friends house who lives in the neighborhood And keep walking.
    He could’ve thrown in some F-bombs in there, but deciding to confront and fight a stranger is never a good idea.
    I wish his parents had taught him better or maybe if he was not high, he would’ve kept walking and would be alive today.
    Sad story, but in no way did Zimmerman act illegally and I’m pretty sure the jury will agree.

  10. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 3 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    Self-appointed vigilante, packing heat and ready to kill should you deem it necessary… I wonder if you’d tuck a picture of Zimmerman behind your CCW license?
    If I lived in your neighborhood, my #1 reason for owning a firearm would be to protect myself from you.

  11. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 3 years ago

    Sure pal.
    Glad you agree with that kid who uses playground insults to back up their claim.
    Oh and the cries of racism are really old and tired. This has to do with self-defense, not racism.

  12. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 3 years ago

    Yup. This. Every bit. Thanks Ansonia.

  13. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    1. “Hispanic” is NOT a racial description describable by genetics. “Hispanics” can be whiter than white, or quite dark in complexion, it’s a false classification, that Zimmerman doesn’t actually meet anyway.


    2. Rodney King was a jerk, and the tapes the media put out only showed the first few minutes a couple times, then never again, when King got up after being tased and started strangling a Deputy, actually lifting him off the ground, and THEN he started getting whacked (overdone, yes) by officers he was wiling to kill, after being stopped on outstanding warrants.


    3. Zimmerman was the aggressor, didn’t back off when told to by the 911 person who IS an agent of the police!, and he had a history of being a creepy dude.

  14. Wraithkin

    Wraithkin said, about 3 years ago

    @dtroutma

    My point about your #2 was simply that the rioting happened anyway, and the people were so incensed about the event that they burned their city around them. It’s that mentality that drives me batty.

    And #3 is likely the case. But I doubt it was pre-meditated. In his mind, he may have seen someone creepy (in his opinion), got his firearm because you don’t know what someone may or may not be packing (valid point), phoned the police and started following him, was told to not follow him (derp), and he then got into a confrontation with him which resulted in the death of Martin. What we don’t know is what happened between the 911 operator telling him to stop and the time that the gun went off.

    If anything, I believe he may be guilty of manslaughter, but 2nd degree murder? No. Oh, and FYI Trout, I have a friend who works for 911 services. They aren’t cops… not any more. They are over-glorified customer service reps.

  15. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    Wraithkin: it is the LEGAL DEFINITION of “agent” I was referring to. A lot of non-sworn people are “agents”, and when things go to court, that does make a difference. Our 911 people ARE sworn police officers, and I do realize that varies from place to place. Also different states have different rules on “citizens arrest”, which brings up the issue of did Zimmerman stop, or ask Martin to stop? DId he observe a crime in progress?


    Sliwa and his crews of “neighborhood watch” were all UNarmed, for very good reasons, that this case exemplifies.

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