Sunday, January 11, 2015

George Zimmerman again

Trayvon Martin's killer, George Zimmerman, "allegedly threw a wine bottle at a girlfriend", according to his lawyer. He faces charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence.

The story is a little murky: the police only found out about the incident days after it occurred (again, according to the lawyer) and the arrest was further delayed because the arresting officer went off-duty but didn't notify anyone else to handle the case. Sounds like nobody took it too seriously, for whatever reason. If Zimmerman slides on this charge, as he has slid on seemingly every charge since killing Martin, it won't surprise me.

Those other charges, incidentally, include another domestic-abuse charge that the alleged victim declined to pursue.

"It's clear he hasn't been very lucky with the ladies the last few months," [Zimmerman's attorney Don] West said of his client.
Mr. West is a master of understatement.

West also seems to be angling for people's sympathy.

West said that his client -- who posted $5,000 bail later Saturday -- doesn't have a full-time job, implying he's had his struggles since the Martin acquittal.
Such struggles are about what I hoped for after he was acquitted in the Trayvon Martin killing. And while I don't normally indulge in schadenfreude, in this case I'll make an exception. Zimmerman seems to be a man with self-control and anger issues, ones that I suspect predate his fatal encounter with Martin. If he had shown the slightest remorse for the killing, the rest of us might be willing to cut him a break. As things stand, though, I think what we're seeing is the modern version of shunning, and he has no one but himself to blame.

[UPDATE: Zimmerman has been busier than I remembered. Talking Points Memo is keeping a running tally of his escapades, near-criminal and otherwise.]

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