On the first day of George Zimmmerman’s murder trial, a Fox News guest suggested that the defense may be able to establish that Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Trayvon Martin, because “you could probably kill somebody” with a bag of Skittles and a can of iced tea.
To earn an acquittal, Zimmerman’s defense team must establish that he used reasonable force when he shot the unarmed teen. “There’s certainly a very good argument to be made that the force used was out of proportion to what was going on, and the kid was unarmed,” Fox guest Doug Burns, a former federal prosecutor, told the Fox host in an online interview. But then he ventured that in a “totally different case, let’s say the kid had a gun.”
Martin, of course, did not have a gun. He was found with only Skittles and an Arizona Iced Tea can.
“I know everybody keeps sarcastically saying about he Skittles,” Burns said. “You could probably kill somebody with Skittles.”
Fox host Jamie Colby replied, “But he didn’t take that iced tea and bang Zimmerman over the head with the bottle.”
“The thing is, yeah, you’re spinning a lot of hypotheticals,” Burns said. “And you could break a bottle of iced tea, right, with the jagged edge, and you could kill somebody with it.”
Last year, Fox and Friends host Geraldo Rivera sympathized with Zimmerman and prompted widespread protest over his remark that “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.” As the case gained national attention, many used Skittles and iced tea to protest how Florida police handled the case.
Before the trial began, Zimmerman’s attorney also went on Fox to discuss “new evidence” about Martin’s life, which experts say was an attempt to pollute the jury.
Source: Think Progress