Zimmerman's brother calls for peace, respect

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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 7:02 pm | Updated: 9:05 am, Sat Jul 13, 2013.

Here's a statement from Robert Zimmerman, the brother of George Zimmerman, who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.:

"From the onset of this tragic event our family has been clear to express our trust in the judicial system. A jury of one's peers is the hallmark of our country's judicial system. The American justice system is the finest in the world. George's fate is now in the hands of the jury, who will make their decision based on evidence and the facts of the case.

"As we await a verdict we will remain hopeful and ask for the public to remain peaceful, no matter the outcome. Though we maintain George committed no crime whatsoever, we acknowledge that the people who called for George's arrest and subsequent trial have now witnessed both events come to pass. We hope now that as Americans we will all respect the rule of law, which begins with respecting the verdict. The judicial system has run its course - pray for justice, pray for peace, pray for our country."

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  • kafantaris2 posted at 9:46 am on Sat, Jul 13, 2013.

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    Is it likely for a man to be crying for help when someone is sitting on him on the ground and punching repeatedly? Might he be too busy dealing with all this to have an opportunity to cry for help -- in the steady way that we hear it on the 911 call?
    Also, the 911 recording only captures the tail end of the fight. What we hear are not screams of a man getting punched, pummeled or pounded. Rather, we hear the desperate pleas for help by someone in grave danger, a danger that he knows and appreciates. Indeed, the cries are of such desperation that they pierce the coldest of hearts.
    Yet, Zimmerman says it was he who was screaming for help. And he also says that just then Martin was prying his gun away. But if Martin had grabbed the gun how come we have none of his DNA on it? There should have been something, even if Martin had only touched the gun, let alone grabbed it, or struggled for it. Indeed, we might expect a struggle for control to leave a heavier DNA imprint on the gun. Yet, it left none.
    What about the silence, that dead silence we hear after the gunshot? Does it tell us anything? If Zimmerman was the one crying for help that eerie silence after the shot is odd. Moreover, just before then we would expect his cries for help to be interrupted by the fight, by the struggle for the gun. They were not.
    Rather, they continue on steady, though more desperate, by in the same tempo as they had started. This is not possible from someone having his head pounded on the pavement; not possible from someone struggling for control of a gun.
    No, those steady heart wrenching howls were coming from someone being held at gun point; someone that is feeling the hard cold steel of a gun in his side; someone young and untested with the dangers of life, someone who suddenly realized that he is over his head and that life is about to come to an end.
    Our experience tells us that this is how things went that February night in Florida.
    The person who fired the gunshot heard another human being's repeated and desperate pleas for help, but ignored them.
    A murder conviction is thus in order. It is supported by all the available physical evidence -- the only reliable thing we have to go on in this case -- and by ordinary common sense.


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