Zimmerman's written statement is here. No big surprises, but he begins with the August home invasion and claims the intruders "attempted to atack" resident and her child. my *recollection* from the police report is that the woman hid in the upstairs bathroom and I don't recall an attempted attack, but it has been a long spring. Not to mention, it hardly matters - the woman was surely terrified, so Zimmerman had that right.
WHERE HAS THE LOVE GONE? When you have lost the Times... Lizette Alvarez and Timothy Williams review the evidence dump and come away with this:
As Mr. Zimmerman retells his version of events in the days after the shooting, the story remains essentially consistent, although some of the language varies.
Oops. At the Zimmerman bond hearing the state had led us to believe that Zimmerman's multiple statements contradicted each other. Well, they had more time to study that than the Times did. Or something.
Here is a bit of the hearing; I presume the speaker is State prosecutor Bernie De la Rionda:
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: But -- and I'm going to get into every little contradiction but wouldn't you agree that a lot of his statements can be contradicted by the evidence either witnesses or just based on what he says himself?
And let me add - that was very shrewd of Zimmerman to repeatedly claim that he had screamed for help. I guess he was anticipating a few earwitnesses, but he never could have guessed a 911 caller would also get the screaming on tape.
I guess the prosecution theory is that Zimmerman was so cool in the moments after the scuffle that he recognized and acted upon the need to concoct a story that would explain Martin's screaming. Really? And re-told the invented story on multiple occasions? And was lucky enough to have a witness ('John') see Zimmerman screaming?
Now, as of April we have pretty clear evidence (based on the bank/bond scam) that Zimmerman had a reduced faith in the criminal justice system. But where is the evidence that on Feb 26 Zimmerman had no confidence in the law?