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    Unexpected thanks to Legal Insurrection on 2nd Anniversary of Zimmerman Acquittal

    Unexpected thanks to Legal Insurrection on 2nd Anniversary of Zimmerman Acquittal

    Zimmerman co-counsel Don West thanks Legal Insurrection for our trial coverage of the Trayvon Martin case.

    Has it really been two years since the jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case?

    Those of you who have been with us for over two years will recall our exhaustive coverage of the case, long before the trial.

    Andrew Branca’s daily trial coverage was superb, the best out there by far. Andrew established himself as the authority on Stand Your Ground and the law of self-defense.

    We had hundreds of posts, so it’s impossible to summarize them. You can scroll through the Trayvon Martin (including my coverage of the race issues) and Zimmerman Trial tags for pre-trial and trial coverage, and the George Zimmerman tag for all that has followed in George’s life.

    The verdict came as a shock only to people who had not followed our coverage:

    Here is a screenshot of our post of the verdict:

    Zimmerman acquittal 2-year anniversary

    Mandy covered the social media reaction to the verdict.

    Here was my reaction to What the Zimmerman verdict means:

    I’ll be brief.

    I can’t add much to what I’ve written the past 17 months about the facts, evidence, law, witnesses, lawyers, judges, politics, and media.

    So here you go:

    Despite the heated demands of powerful societal forces and the State, six women just said No, and thereby did justice.


    I was interviewed after the verdict, and had a chance to explain why the verdict was correct:

    Andrew also was interviewed after the verdict, and once again explained what Stand Your Ground does and does not mean:

    On the first anniversary, Andrew wrote a recap, Zimmerman Trial Redux: Busting the Myths Again.

    Andrew reminded me today of the second anniversary, in part because Andrew was contacted this morning, unsolicited, by Don West, one of the two trial attorneys for Zimmerman, and someone who has continued to represent Zimmerman in various legal problems. The two spoke for about 45 minutes, and West recorded this kind message:

    This is Don West, co-counsel for George Zimmerman in the Treyvon Martin shooting.

    Today is the second anniversary of George Zimmerman’s acquittal. Because of the hectic pace of the trial, I’ve only recently begun to review much of the coverage of the case; and I want to compliment Legal Insurrection, Professor Jacobson, and especially Andrew Branca for their exceptional coverage of the trial.

    The facts of the case were reported fairly and accurately, and the legal analysis was always first rate.

    Where so many news outlets and bloggers seemed unconcerned with the actual facts or the law, and were content to combine misinformation with their own misunderstanding, its obvious from the reporting that Legal Insurrection was genuinely interested in the truth and fully understood the legal issues of the case.

    Your effort is truly appreciated. Thank you.


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    Phillep Harding | July 15, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve made some headway refering people to this site for “the rest of the story”. Some have actually come here and commented on how they never heard what really happened, reading other sources.

    Many thanks to both the Prof and Andrew.

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