Zimmerman Trial - Deliberations, Manslaughter Question

by Paul Siciliano

The excitement is the jury deliberations in the Zimmerman trial is over a question with respect to greater clarification of what the manslaughter instructions mean. This, of course, requires wild speculation about what the question means. Is Murder 2 off the table? My take is different. If the jury wants to be efficient, you address self defense first since it is a justification for Murder 2 and Manslaughter. If there is self defense, who cares whether it is Murder 2 or Manslaughter? That is why I think they already decided Zimmerman's use of deadly force is not justified and are now determining between Murder 2 and Manslaughter. Of course, I could totally be wrong!