Originally Posted by Tom Servo
It seems likely given the circumstances, more likely than the idea that Martin just turned into a violent ball of rage without provocation. Thing is, we've only got one side of the story, and that's potentially a huge problem for us.
You're talking about a young man with a history of drug abuse, fighting, and multiple suspensions from school. If you think he would punch Zimmerman and then jump on him and start beating him for just being asked what he was doing there is it really that much of a stretch to think he might do the same just for being followed?
In some ways this reminds me of the Harold Fish case where the jury didn't believe that the victim could really have seemed that crazy and weren't allowed to hear from witnesses who had seen the same behavior from him in the past.