Getting to Murder 2: Finding George Zimmerman’s “Depraved Mind”

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Hey folks,

If you’re wondering about how, and whether, the State will be able to prove George Zimmerman guilty of second degree murder, you might find it interesting to take a look at a detailed blog post I did on this very subject over at Legal Insurrection, in which I discuss the legal thresholds the prosecution will need to overcome to achieve a conviction.

After all, unless the prosecution can prove the elements of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt we won’t even get to matters of self defense.

Zimmerman is also subject to conviction on a lesser included charge, manslaughter, the dynamics of which I also discuss in that same post, available here:

Getting to Murder 2: Finding George Zimmerman’s “Depraved Mind”

For those who are interested, my end-of-day video and analysis of the Day 5 (Friday, June 28, 2013) of Florida v. Zimmerman has just been posted:

Zimmerman Trial Day 5 – Analysis & Video – State’s own witnesses undercut theory of guilt

To see our three “breaking news” reports, click below:

Zimmerman trial blockbuster — Eyewitness says Trayvon on top punching Mixed Martial Arts style

ZIMMERMAN TRIAL BLOCKBUSTER — TRANSCRIPT — Eyewitness Good: Black guy in black hoodie on top punching down Mixed Martial Arts style

Has State Opened Door to Defense Introducing Martin Fight Video?

Don’t forget to join us Monday at 9:00AM for our all day live coverage of Day 6 of the trial, and keep your eyes open for additional Zimmerman posts over the weekend in preparation for the coming week.

Also, don’t forget to “follow” my Twitter feed–most of my minute-by-minute observations, analysis, and just funny remarks over the course of the day are published on my Twitter feed: @LawSelfDefense (no “of” in there).

To see yesterday’s video of witness testimony and our exclusive analysis, click here: Zimmerman Trial Day 4 – End-of-Day Analysis & Video of State’s Witnesses

For all of our prior coverage on day-to-day events in court, as covered here at Legal Insurrection, click here: ARCHIVE: Zimmerman Trial LIVE coverage all day, every day

For all of our prior coverage on issues specific to the Law of Self Defense as covered at my own blog, click here: Law of Self Defense Blog: Zimmerman Trial


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Andrew Branca
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States. Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online. Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board. In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.

2 Comments on "Getting to Murder 2: Finding George Zimmerman’s “Depraved Mind”"

  1. Hi Andrew, could you explain why the defense can’t use Trayvon’s past history of fighting? if according to the Judge, the prosecution could bring in 2 year old school records to substantiate their ‘theory’, why then can’t the defense bring in the fighting history which I think is very relevant to support their ‘theory’ ? certainly supports who was likely the aggressor casting doubt on the prosecution theory…

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