It's one reason I believe Martin's past and behaviour is and should be admissable, as I feel it's reflective on if someone is capable/willing to engage in bahavior consistent with Zimmerman's story.
Wiki is not a solid source of info, anyone can go in there and manipulate the page.
As to Martin's past it has absolutely nothing to do with the case what so ever.
Agree to disagree. I think it could be reflective as to what one could expect him to do in teh situation as claimed by Zimmerman. If he had a history of jumping or beating up people who confronted or questioned him, IMO, thats a valid point to raise.As to Martin's past it has absolutely nothing to do with the case what so ever.
There is a difference between what is admissible in court and what is admissable in the court of public opinion. It's good that victims past histories are not admissable in court for obvious reasons (IE painting rape victims as promiscuous etc..) but in the Zimmerman case I agree with Fish that the past history has bearing in the court of public opinion.
The defense's case is that Martin attacked Zimmerman and Zimmerman feared for his life. If Martin was known for fighting a lot and trouble with the law etc it bolsters the plausibility of the defenses case. If Martin had never been in fights and/or violent altercations it bolsters the prosecutions case. None of it is admissable in court not is the fact that Martin had been staying with his father due to having been suspended from school for being caught with thief's tools in his locker.
Here is the article:
Trayvon Martin was suspended from school three times in the months before he was shot dead by a neighborhood watchman, it emerged today.
The new claims, revealed in a leaked report, paint a different picture of a teenager who frequently found himself in trouble with authorities.
It was also revealed that he might have attacked a bus driver, according to a Twitter account that it is claimed belonged to the teen.
The Miami Herald claims that in October, he was caught with a 'burglary tool' - a flathead screwdriver - and 12 pieces of women's jewellery. Martin insisted that they did not belong to him.
Earlier, he had been suspended for skipping school and showing up late to class. And most recently, in February, he was suspended again when officials found a 'marijuana pipe' and an empty baggie with traces of the drug.
The fresh claims are likely to be seized upon by supporters of George Zimmerman who say the teenager launched an unprovoked attack on the neighbourhood watch volunteer moments before Trayvon was shot dead.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz2WECKFXdJ
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Last edited by chiefst2000; 06-14-2013 at 05:22 PM.
Which they did, sadly, on occasion.
In some cases, kids who looked just like Martin. Ins oem cases, kids who looked just like Zimmerman. Or just like me.
Point being, kids do exactly the kind of thing Zimmerman claims. Regularly.
"Tread Lightly"? Why, because the usual suspects will scream racism?Zimmerman has a criminal history, not Martin, so I would tread lightly on the thug BS.
I'm not overly concerned.
How can you be a gov employee? You have no objectivity. Drug user, thief, tossed out of school. Have you seen his facebook page. Thug wannabe.
Zimmerman got arrested for interfering in a situation with a friend. Not exactly a big deal. Police threaten people all the time with that.
I love it when old f*cks use the word "thug". Makes them look like old idiots that have trouble peeing.