The parents of Trayvon Martin chose to do their very first media appearance on Today. During the interview, Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton was rather empathetic quoting, “I believe it was an accident. I believe it just got out of control and [Zimmerman] couldn’t turn the clock back.” Surprised? Yeah me too. Martin’s mother went on to later retract those statements via Twitter posts by the family attorney, Benjamin Crump, saying, “The ‘accident’ I was referring to was the fact that George Zimmerman and my son ever crossed paths. It was an accidental encounter…….My son was profiled, followed, and murdered by George Zimmerman. There was nothing accidental about that.”
It’s hard to say what a mother in mourning is really thinking right now especially with all of the attention, both good and bad, that’s swirling around the tragedy. There’s a chance that she didn’t want to misrepresent her family and their character by lashing out on the Today show but an over-extended show of empathy could very well diminish chances of Zimmerman getting the justice she’s looking for. Unfortunately, there’s still very high chances that the case won’t even make it to a jury. The defense would only have to prove by a very low legal standard that Zimmerman acted in self-defense at a pre-trial hearing for the judge to dismiss the case.
What if Zimmerman doesn’t go before a jury? Should this case even go past the pre-trial? I want to know what you think…