"The definition of manslaughter is if the defendants actions recklessly caused the death of another; Zimmerman never even denied that he got out of his car to follow the kid."
"Reckelssly" is the key word there and is a higher standard than some might think. His actions weren't close to reckless, in my opinion, legally speaking.
"So to me, whether or not I watched the trial...if Zimmerman just left it to the cops like he was supposed to Martin would still be alive.
Not sure what else matters..."
He was "supposed" to leave it to the cops? Because you think so? Not trying to attack, just pointing out that is your opinion. Putting myself in that situation, I think I probably would have gotten out of the car too. People are making a big deal about him following the kid. If I saw a suspicious person and I was working as neighborhood watch, I'd want to know where he was headed so I could tell the cops. I'd also probably want to get a half decent look at him so I could describe him later in case something happened, especially if there had been break ins in the past. That's just me though.
What I think is more important is whether Martin came up behind Zimmerman and attacked him like he claims. If so, that's why he's dead. If not, Zimmerman's likely a liar and a murderer. But, blaming him because he got out of the car seems a little silly to me. There are other more key actions taken by both of them that likely contributed to the death - it's just hard because no one knows what they are for sure.
"Lets just say Zimmerman was defending himself...it he was the one following Martin, wouldn't Martin have a right to defend himself from this "creepy guy" following him in the neighborhood? How was Martin supposed to know that Zimmerman was a good guy? Didn't Martin have the right to defend HIMSELF?"
Self defense law is all about the specific actions of each person. In one moment a person can gain or lose the right to self defense depending on their actions and the situation. Just following someone doesn't give you the right to attack them. If Zimmerman tried to grab or handle Martin in some way, then I'd say yes.
The other FL case you mention is interesting and a good example showing how self defense law can get tricky.