I think that you have some misinformation, Bob.<quoted text>
I can summarize my points for all, some based in knowledge of the nuts and bolts of the law, others just opinion:
1. Between the bloody head, his neighbors backing Zimmerman up and Trayvon's history (real or trumped up), I think it's pretty clear that Zimmerman gets acquitted. Remember, the PROSECUTION has to prove its case BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. I think there is enough doubt.
2. Getting all jurors to convict with the evidence presented is going to be an uphill battle.
3. This is a media case. I believe Zimmerman was charged to placate the masses. A jury is going to exonerate him and it will have a little more believability and transparency than public officials making these decisions behind closed doors.
4. Zimmerman is an idiot, no question. Had he not wanted to play policeman this kid would still be alive. I know people like this, with their Napoleon/authority complexes and I typically don't like them.
5. Trayvon was an idiot, no question. Had simply followed instructions and had left private property (condo complex is private property) just as he was instructed and as any normal kid would do, this kid would still be alive.
6. The death of any teenager is a tragedy, even an unruly one. That doesn't make Zimmerman guilty, however.
7. NBC is going to pay out some big money.
#1--it's not entirely clear that the neighbors back him up. The actual witness testimony is all over the place regard who was on top and even how many (1 or 2) were on the ground. There is witness testamony that flat out contradicts Z.'s story of being slugged and knocked to the ground at the "t" (where two sidewalks meet)--one witness reports chasing northward towards the "t" (in an area that Z. reported not to have been). And the body was nowhere near the "t." The witness that looked really good at first (describing MMA-style pummelling) later recanted, saying he wasn't sure who was on top and couldn't really see the hitting. Speculation is that the prosecution can pull a shocker from phone records showing that Z. called this guy immediately following the shooting. Dunno--speculation.
#5. There were no "instructions" given to Trayvon to do anything. Serino particularly drilled Z. on the point of why he did not do anything to dispel the obvious image of a creepy old guy following Trayvon around. Z.(according to Z) did not introduce himself, he did not ask anything of Trayvon. His only reported words were in answer to the question "do you have a problem, homey?" to which he responded "no." And there is no doubt that Trayvon, as the (minor) guest of a resident, had every legal right to be there (unless you know something of a legal nature that I don't).
I don't know about NBC. My guess is it's not too likely. If they smelled a loss, they probably would have thrown some money on the table (which Z. desperately needs) and made the suit go away. Z. has been sitting on the edge of indigency for the murder trial. NBC clearly has him outlawyered, and he's broke. I look for O'Mara to very carefully tot up the odds of continuing the NBC suit once the trial is over.