Does he not realize this sort of self-serving statement is just going to infuriate everyone? Better yet, does his lawyer not understand this will just infuriate everyone:
A Florida judge Friday set a $150,000 bond for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot an unarmed black teenager and touched off a firestorm of controversy about race and the American justice system.
Zimmerman, 28, appeared in court in a dark suit and gray tie, and, in a surprising move, took the stand. There, in a voice verging on meek, he apologized to the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old he admits he shot — but only, he says, in self-defense.
“I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” he said to the parents, who attended the hearing in the central Florida city of Sanford, where the shooting took place. “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am, and I did not know if he was armed or not.”
What a load of nonsense. This wasn’t an apology, it was excuse making and playing to the prospective jury pool.
“I’m sorry for the loss of your son.” They didn’t lose him. They didn’t misplace him. He didn’t run away or die of leukemia or vanish into thin air. You fucking shot him to death for the crime of walking while black in your neighborhood.
“I did not know how old he was.” Who cares? Is there some sort of catch and release program down in Florida? Unarmed black minors are off limits, but unarmed black adults are fair game for cowboy wanna-be cops who want to play with their guns?
“I thought he was a little bit younger than I am, and I did not know if he was armed or not.” Again, just more bullshit. If you didn’t know whether he was armed or not, why did you confront him, against the expressed rules of Neighborhood Watch and the directions of the 911 dispatcher? Why were you carrying a gun, again against the explicit rules of Neighborhood Watch?
I can’t wait to hear this idiot testify under oath.