'Common sense' and the Zimmerman verdict

July 23, 2013

Letter writer Jerome Shapiro seems to have a very confused picture of what common sense suggests in the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case ("Zimmerman jury ignored common sense," July 19).

His common sense take would lead to the conclusion that Mr. Zimmerman shot Mr. Martin because he set out to do so, not because he felt threatened for his life.

Had he indeed set out to kill Mr. Martin, one cannot escape believing that he would have had his gun drawn before the physical encounter. But clearly this did not occur.

John S. White, Stewartstown, Pa.

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