Although mentioned rarely by the legal commentators in the Zimmerman trial, the affirmative defense of self-defense is a complete defense and the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant, Mr. Zimmerman did not act in self-defense. The burden to disprove self-defense rests squarely on the shoulders of the State, the defense has no burden to prove self-defense. However, in the Zimmerman trial not only did the State of Florida fail to disprove this affirmative defense, but the Defendant, although not required to do so, actually presented overwhelming evidence that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense.
Although it is a tragedy when life is taken regardless of the circumstances, reasonable men and women have the right to protect themselves and others, even to the point of using deadly force under the right circumstances and when such force is reasonable.
The State in the Zimmerman had little to work with; they substituted real evidence with speculation, conjecture and an emotional appeal. This was typified in their closing arguments which were weak and often times came off silly and fake. Although defense counsel’s summation was to long, verbose and not to the point, he had much more to work with and, hence, at the end was more effective.
Hopefully, the jury will see through this prosecutorial charade and find Mr. Zimmerman not guilty as to all counts, which I predict they will do in this case.
Law Office of Vincent J. Sanzone, Jr., Esq.
Dated: July 12, 2013, 5:19 P.M. Eastern Time
“If you want Peace Work for Justice.” Pope John Paul, I