Originally Posted by whoman69
So if someone is chasing him, doesn't he have a right to defend himself? It sounds to me increasingly like Zimmerman was the one that forced the confrontation and then claims self defense.
It will all boil down to what the legal definition, and what the juror's definitions of 'forcing a confrontation' is.
Some people believe that just Zimmerman chasing after Trayvon asking him "Hey what are you doing here" is reason enough for Trayvon Martin to punch Zimmerman.
Some do not.
I'm going to guess that a jury pool might have the same mixed results.
I think everyone would agree that if Zimmerman put his hands on Martin, then Martin has the right to throw a punch.
It is the grey area of just being followed, or if perhaps Martin throws a punch and follows it up by getting on top of martin and wrestling with him where I think it gets harder to say.
For me personally, if the evidence showed that Zimmerman approached MArtin, and asked "hey what are you doing" and it was Martin who threw the 1st punch....then I don't really consider that an appropriate response by martin.
That's just me though.