Two new developments in the case warranted another post.
1) A medical report the Zimmerman family physician and obtained by ABC News states that Zimmerman was diagnosed with a "closed fracture" of his nose, a pair of black eyes, two lacerations to the back of his head and a minor back injury the day after he fatally shot Martin during the alleged altercation.
While some pundits say it's more supportive for the defense than for the prosecution, I beg to differ. Few presume that Zimmerman committed this crime in cold-blood (AKA 1st degree), but rather accept that there was an altercation with Zimmerman pretending to be a
2) FBI agents are investigating this case as a possible hate crime.
If proven, Zimmerman could face the death penalty. (Personally I'm against that, even in this case. Life imprisonment seems sufficient to me.) While Zimmerman is likely to bring in his token Black friends and Black children he mentored, even a cursory knowledge of racism shows that one can be racist and act out of racist beliefs despite being friends with or sympathetic to individual Black people. Additionally, Zimmerman's history with racial profiling and his recently discovered Myspace postings serve to automatically invalidate any attempts to portray him as other than racist.
Other random bits of information include: that Zimmerman's great-grandfather was Black, which I find to be pointless since the man identifies as White (except when he's identifying as Hispanic when on trial for murder) and unless we're going back to the One-Drop Rule I'd say it's of little relevance -- shoot racism can be internalized too, causing Black folks to be bigoted against other Black folks! Also, a list of witnesses for the trial has been compiled. Check it out if you can.