‘To get there…

 

Thanks  to Chip Bennett

‘To get there, you must:
1. First, disprove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman was acting in self-defense.
2. Second, prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Zimmerman killed Martin, by an act imminently dangerous to another, and evincing a depraved disregard for human life
(If you fail to clear this hurdle, beyond a reasonable doubt, the judge will instruct the jury to acquit Zimmerman.)
To get past the self-defense hurdle, you must, beyond a reasonable doubt:
1. Prove that Zimmerman was doing something otherwise unlawful at the time of the incident, or
2. Prove that Zimmerman did not act to prevent a forcible felony, or did not have reasonable fear of imminent risk of great bodily harm or death, or
3. Prove that Zimmerman was the initial aggressor, that Martin did not escalate the physical aggression, and that Zimmerman did not cease aggression and clearly indicate a desire to end the altercation
Once you’ve cleared the self-defense hurdle, you must, beyond a reasonable doubt:
1. Prove that Zimmerman killed Martin (done: Zimmerman admits the act)
2. Prove that Zimmerman committed an act imminently dangerous to another (done: gun shot)
3. Prove that Zimmerman acted with a depraved disregard for human life
Can you, the State, or anyone else clear even one of these stated hurdles?’

Does the Prosecution have enough for a conviction? Based on what we know have they met their burden.

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