Today is day three in the George Zimmerman murder trial. My hope is not for an acquittal or a conviction, but that the evidence and testimony under oath can burn away most of the misinformation and half-truths that have surrounded this case since it first burst on the national scene more than a year ago. That's my hope, but I realize that there are strong reasons to be pessimistic about that. People have not only absorbed that bad information, they've become heavily invested in the politicized narratives around them. And given the poor and even despicable performance of our MSM before the trial, it's not certain that any fact that goes against those narratives will even get covered.
My own take is it will all come down to two consequential decisions. Many people are focused solely on the first, which is Zimmerman choosing to get out of his SUV to follow Trayvon Martin on foot, for whatever reason. For them, that's the end of the story. Trayvon Martin would be alive today if Zimmerman had stayed in his SUV.
However, the timing of all this appears to show there was a second consequential decision, and that was Trayvon Martin choosing to not go home and instead, confronting Zimmerman. Had Martin simply kept walking back to the the condo he was staying in he would be alive today.
Just mentioning the above is sure to evoke a strong and emotional response from some people, but justice demands a cold hard look at the timing and distances involved, to the extent that they can be determined, and let the chips fall where they may.
If you are looking for another news source on the trial, I recommend giving the Legal Insurrection blog a view. They seem able to get into the details a little better than the MSM reports I've read so far.
My sense right now is that there's no way the jury finds Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder. If the judge allows the jury to consider manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter, I think it could go either way on both of those because contrary to many opinions out there, I really think it will be a tough call.