So Much for a Straight Forward Case

The Zimmerman case has been extremely difficult to follow because of the vast amount of incorrect information be spouted by media outlets. Now that an official investigation is behind held to determine whether or not Zimmerman’s trail will go forward we’re getting more and more evidence supporting Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. First information about Zimmerman’s injuries were released:

Medical records showing that George Zimmerman was treated for a fractured nose and cuts to the back of his head after fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin will likely bolster Zimmerman’s argument that Martin attacked him, CBS News legal analyst Jack Ford said on “CBS This Morning” Wednesday.

The records came to light Tuesday. CBS News has also confirmed they show that Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes when he was examined by a doctor Feb. 27, the day after he shot Martin in a gated Florida community. Zimmerman, who has claimed self-defense, faces a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting.

“This now allows the defense to show up in the courtroom, let George Zimmerman tell his story and bring in a medical expert that says, ‘Black and blue under the eyes, broken nose, cut on the back of the head,'” said Ford, “and the defense can argue that’s consistent with George Zimmerman being attacked by Trayvon Martin, and then the Stand Your Ground defense comes into play.”

Now information has been released indicating damage to Martin’s knuckles that is consistent with the claim that he was punching Zimmerman in the face and that Zimmerman fired at point-blank range:

Cell phone records from Zimmerman that include text messages he sent up to one month after the shooting

There are also two surveillance videos, one from the 7-11 where Martin bought Skittles and an ice tea, the other from the clubhouse in the gated subdivision where Zimmerman shot him.

The special prosecutor’s case also includes Zimmerman’s medical report the day after the shooting. It listed a broken nose, two black eyes and a cut in the back of the head.

A source also told CBS News an unreleased police report noted Zimmerman’s sweatshirt had “grass stains, and was wet on the back.”

Details from Trayvon Martin’s autopsy show the bullet entered the left side of his chest, and shattered the ventrical, one of his heart’s two large chambers but the round did not leave his body.

It’s unfortunate that many people have such an emotional investment in this case that they are unwilling to acknowledge the possibility of Zimmerman’s innocence. I’ve already heard conspiracy theories that claim the doctors who testified to Zimmerman’s injuries were paid off, that the coroner fabricated the evidence of damage to Martin’s knuckles, and that the police have been continuing to fabricate evidence. Apparently Florida is so incredibly racist that it’s not even difficult to get so many people to hop on board this little conspiracy.

This is why the court of public opinion is a bad thing to rely on. If we had relied on public opinion then Zimmerman would likely have been hanged. Even if he’s ruled innocent based on the evidence being brought to light it won’t matter, many people have convinced themselves that Zimmerman is guilty and that law enforcement has generated a massive conspiracy to cover up a race-based crime. No matter what evidence is put forward these people will never believe Zimmerman is innocent and they may decide to exact “justice” after the trial is concluded or dismissed.

Whether he’s ruled guilty or innocent, Zimmerman’s life is probably ruined.