It was a case that never should have gone to trial. The evidence obtain was so conflicting even a rookie attorney could have gotten George Zimmerman acquitted. This whole case reeked of reasonable doubt. Yet pressure from outsiders like professional agitators Al Sharpton and Reggie Jackson who ambulance chase high profile cases for a living embarrassed the Florida state prosecutors into filing a case with a charge they could never win.
I do not know if George Zimmerman is guilty of murder; I wasn’t there and the evidence displayed in the trial was inconclusive at best. It could have been as much self-defense as murder. But I do know our system of justice worked. Zimmerman was tried, in front of the world, and acquitted by a jury of his peers .
You know, I think it’s understandable that there have been demonstrations and vigils and protests and some of that is just going to have to work its way through as long as it remains nonviolent. If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family.”
That is a small piece of the statement President Obama made on Friday regarding the Zimmerman trial. And he is right in what he says. In this country those that disagree with the verdict have every right to voice their disapproval of the trial’s outcome. What they don’t have is the right to disrupt or endanger the lives of their fellow Americans. Peaceful demonstrations have been known to bring light and change to underlying problems in this country while violent mobs tend to solidify barriers that tend to divide a nations peoples and in the end solve nothing.
Though agitators like Sharpton are trying to cloud the main issue here by turning this into a race issue. And despite the fact that it was barely mentioned in the trial this is about a legally passed Florida State law, “Stand your ground.” There are already over 25 states that have some form of “stand your ground laws” Most of these laws say an individual has no duty to retreat if attacked and has the right to use lethal force for protection if they feel their life is in danger. In other words if a person “feels” his life is in danger he has the right to legally defend himself, with deadly force if necessary. I am not going to get into the morality of such a law but for now, good or bad, it is the law in Florida.
Many are demanding that the Department of Justice begin a civil suit against Zimmerman for “Civil Rights Violations.” It does appear that the DOJ is going over the evidence in the case with a fine toothed comb looking for anything they can use against Zimmerman. Sounds like a witch hunt to me. But if Eric Holder is actually stupid enough to do that we will have another 3 ring media circus ending in Holder and the DOJ looking like the clown act.
“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities.”
President Obama said that right after the verdict was announced and I think it is good advice. Despite the yapping of the professional agitators we need to find out how something like this could happen and fix it so it can never happen again. After all is said and done in the end a young man is still dead. Arguing whether he was killed in self-defense or murdered will not bring him back or ease his families pains. So was Justice served in that courtroom in Florida? The law has said “yes” but like so much else in this sad story we are left with an air of uncertainly that will probably never be clarified.