Jacob Sullum on Three Things People Don't Know About the Trayvon Martin Case (but Think They Do)


People who are convinced that George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin for no good reason frequently say it's absurd to suggest that an unarmed 17-year-old could have posed a deadly threat to a 28-year-old man who outweighed him by 100 pounds. According to a story in Monday's New York Times, however, Zimmerman is only 20 pounds heavier than Martin, who was four inches taller. Given that such basic facts are still a matter of dispute, says Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, we should be especially cautious about rushing to judgment on the bigger questions.