Two people with something to prove tangled, and one died. Neither was legally right at all times, neither was legally wrong at all times, and one died.
If the result had been the death of Zimmerman, I think that Martin would have been acquitted as well. There wouldn't have been enough proof on either side, and there would have been plenty of doubt, as Martin could have argued that he saw the gun and feared for his life.
The above is conjecture; I don't know that that would have happened for certain, but I think that it would, and I think it's fair to say that it's likely.
Here's the philosophical question, and I don't have an answer to it, at all:
Would it have been better if Martin had killed Zimmerman instead of the other way around? Would it have helped race relations? Would it have been just? Would it have set a good legal precedent if he'd killed him and gotten off?
1. Like others have said, GZ did not break any laws, but assuming he is dead and TM makes up whatever story he wants, GZ would have been accused of assault with a deadly weapon.
2. Assuming GZ is dead and the only witness is TM, yes TM would likely have been acquitted.
3. It would have been "worse" for race-baiters and Obama if TM killed GZ because he and his ilk couldn't use the story for propaganda to get him re-elected and to push more irrelevant gun control laws.
4. Whether it was "just" is a matter of interpretation. Knowing the facts we know, the current situation was "just." If the facts are presented differently by TM and corroborated (like they were with GZ's account) then, I have to say yes again. But, unfortunately for the race-baiting jackasses who are destroying our country, the facts would NOT have corroborated a story like that from TM.
5. Neither case set any legal precedent. There needs to be an appeal of the trial court's decisions in the case, and appellate court rulings to set legal precedent. You are going to have to be WAY more specific if you want to talk about legal holdings going forward on the facts of this matter.
This post was edited on 7/19 at 5:02 pm