The closing arguments start Friday afternoon. The prosecution will go first then the defense. There may even be a rebuttal closing followed by instructions to the jury for its deliberations. Remember, the burden is on the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman committed second-degree murder with “depraved mind” and with “ill-will, spite and hatred.” The lesser charge of manslaughter will likely be among the menu of charges the jury can consider.
Then the waiting for a verdict begins. And when that gets started, it would be useful for all to recall what Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump told me in February. “We can live with a jury verdict” and “[w]e will respect the rule of law,” Crump said, with Trayvon’s mother Sybrina Fulton nodding in agreement. “We won’t resort to vigilante justice. We will let vengeance be unto God.”
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