“If Zimmerman was the aggressor, self-defense is ruled out.” - Not so. If Zimmerman was the aggressor, and did not reclaim his innocence, then he would have an affirmative obligation to retreat if this was reasonably possible rather than defend himself with deadly force. As it is, the evidence that Zimmerman was the aggressor is weak, mostly that of a 19-year old ear-witness who lies easily. And, the evidence that Zimmerman had no reasonable avenue of retreat is overwhelming; namely, the eye-witness who saw Trayvon on top pummeling Zimmerman, corroborated to various extents by other residents, and by Zimmerman’s injuries. Since the evidence that there was no reasonable avenue of retreat means it doesn’t matter who was the aggressor.
Florida’s stand your ground law eliminates the duty to retreat and civil liability suits.
the OJ civil suit would never have happened under FL law or any state with similar law.
This lawyer should have frivolous suit sanctions if he files after a not guilty. (lawyers AND clients are PERSONALL liable for frivolous suits)
The sad thing it there probably are witnesses who saw the entire incident and maybe even videos. But they’re afraid to come forward.