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Who Was the Innocent Party?
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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By Rob Meltzer
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Getting back to one of Rick’s points, I heard a forensic behavioralist on BBC last night, who was discussing the fact that in Florida testimony is permitted in civil trials to draw inferences about motive and intent from known behavior. Those who support Martin like to claim that Martin was “innocent” and that Zimmerman was some kind of vigilante acting outside the law. However, the bahavioralist said, that’s not what the few known facts suggest. He noted, first, that Zimmerman had been in contact with the police, and while the police had urged him to stay back, the fact that he involved the police, is an inference of respect for law and the respect for process, which takes the case squarely out of vigilante territory. Equally, it is known that Martin had a cell phone, since he told his girlfriend he was being followed by a “cracker.” Of significance to the behavioralist, Martin never called the police. Equally, he never took the apparent steps that are common of people in this circumstance–knocking on the door of another house. Retreating to a safe location. Walking in the middle of the lighted roadway. In fact, his conduct is consistent with furtiveness, lawlessness and an absence of fear of Zimmerman. If the dispatcher had told Zimmerman that Martin was calling on the other line, and that everyone was going to be meeting the cop at Zimmerman’s truck, this would have been a different case. But, he concluded, Zimmerman could easily have read Martin’s conduct as aggressive. Debatable of course, but it would make the civil case interesting. And it does raise some doubts about the insistence that Martin was innocent and had nothing to hide.

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