This is the important thing here. Zimmerman had no reason to continue trailing Martin. IMO, it doesn't matter if Martin physically assaulted him at that point. Zimmerman shouldn't have followed him, shouldn't have created a situation that lead to some kind of violent encounter, shouldn't have pulled a gun and shot an innocent boy.
First off, he didn't pull it on the boy out of the blue. He pulled it AFTER a struggle ensued, a struggle started by Martin (until proved otherwise)
Second, I'm not so sure I believe that merely following him is "creating the situation".
In fact, part of the current story is that Zimmerman followed Martin, then lost him, was walking back to his car when Martin approached him.
Even still, just following someone does not make you responsible for the whole of the event. What if some woman followed a man around for a while, giving him looks, then the man turns around and tries to rape her, is the women responsibile for creating the situation? No, of course not. Just because Zimmerman followed Martin does not excuse that, UNTIL PROVED OTHERWISE, Martin initiated the physical confrontation.
And Chewy, in almost any other state, I would agree that you at least charge him. I still don't think the charges would stick. However, in Florida, stupid as the law is, with the evidence we have, I don't see how the prosecutor would be doing anything but wasting taxpayer money by charging Zimmerman and having a trial. It's just not feasible (based on what we know so far).
The unfortunate situation is that Martin is dead. Therefore, the only evidence, unless some other witness comes forward, is Zimmerman. And, correct me if I'm wrong, that means it is Zimmerman that must be disproved. So if you can't prove Zimmerman wrong, you have no case.
Edited by Todd Gambrel, 30 March 2012 - 05:20 PM.