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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #21)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 06:47 PM

40. Right. For example, in the Zimmerman case, if the case went to trial,

the DA might be able to prove that Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin but not be able to persuade a jury on intent. Zimmerman would go free on the 2nd degree murder charge at the least. So, it is absurd to hold the special hearing on self-defense first. Some here on DU are claiming that the DA has to prove that it wasn't self-defense. I seriously doubt that. Seems to me that if this issue is framed as a defense motion then the defense has to bear the burden of proving it. Where as if it were a matter of proving the intent element of the charge, the prosecutor would have the burden.

I may be wrong about this. I am not familiar with this kind of law although California apparently has one, but it seems to shift the burden of proof in a crazy way.

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