Ending the highly publicized trial, six jurors unanimously found George Zimmerman not guilty on either the charge of second degree murder, or the lesser included offense of manslaughter, concerning the self-defense shooting of Trayvon Martin on the night of February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.
Actually, even before the Defense brought its case, it was clear that the prosecutors had fallen far short of proving their case. Even some of the Leftmedia had to admit that. The Prosecution’s witnesses were incoherent (such as their star witness Rachel Jeantel), self- contradictory (Medical Examiner Virginia Rao, of dubious reliability, complaining about the poor quality photographs the Defense produced, but she relied on mere copies of those same ‘poor’ photos!), and exculpatory (Detective Serino believed GZ’s account).
Then the Defense team nailed it. For example, they produced proof that TM was on top, and the Defense attorney showed a slab of concrete. This made the point that TM really was ‘armed’ with the concrete on which he repeatedly hit GZ’s head.
Travesty of a trial
But while this trial had the right outcome, it should never have happened in the first place. As stated, the cops who were on the scene thought it was a clear-cut case of self-defense. However, the usual race-baiters, like Al Sharpton, came on the scene, and there were vague threats of rioting. Many will remember the 1992 Los Angeles riots, in which 53 people were killed, and over two thousand were injured. The flimsy pretext of those riots was the acquittal of cops who beat Rodney Glen King (1965–2012). As Thomas Sowell points out, the jurors considered the entire film footage, showing that acquittal was the right decision.
President Obama, whose election was supposed to heal racial division, instead fostered this division (see Zimmerman speech Obama should have given). And the Leftmedia also contributed. One particularly disgraceful example was NBC editing GZ’s call to the police dispatcher, so the audio was aired as:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.
In reality, the exchange was as follows, and the crucial part in italics was omitted, which would make it clear that GZ was responding to a direct question about race:
Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.
Zimmerman is now suing, and NBC should pay huge damages. While GZ is at it, he should also sue CNN for releasing his Social Security Number, making him vulnerable to any lowlife to commit identity theft.
There was also manufactured outrage about how black youth are in danger from white racists. Indeed, hundreds of young black men are killed every year. But the overwhelming majority of their killers are young black men, and where’s the outrage about black-on-black crime? Dana Loesch asks:
“So where are the riots? Where are the protests? I mean yes, apparently they are just killing black teenagers out there – but who is ‘they’? According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, anywhere from 8,000 to 9,000 black Americans are killed every year … 93% of these murders are committed by other black Americans.”
Another gutless RINO appeasement
But the RINO governor Rick Scott gave into mob rule. He appointed a special prosecutor, Angela Corey—already with a ‘special’ prosecutor, we know that the issue has moved away from justice and into politics. Corey was on a mission, so she would do anything to convict. Famed defense attorney and Harvard Law Professor, Alan Dershowitz, was absolutely scathing about Corey’s behavior. He called her “corrupt”, “politically motivated”, and “overcharging” GZ with second-degree murder for political reasons.
Dershowitz also accused Corey of “unethical and unprofessional conduct”, withholding exculpatory evidence in her affidavit for indictment, so she should be disbarred and disciplined. Indeed, the Florida Bar’s rules state that the government’s attorneys shall “refrain from prosecuting a charge that the prosecutor knows is not supported by probable cause . . . [and] make timely disclosure to the defense of all evidence or information known to the prosecutor that tends to negate the guilt of the accused or mitigates the offense.”
Further, and this falls on RINO Scott as well, Corey was “appointed to get Zimmermann” and to “prevent riots”, not to do justice. Also, Dershowitz says that any riots can be blamed on her because she raised expectations by such a gross overcharge.
And even after the trial, Corey still insisted that GZ was a ‘murderer’. This is par for the course for Corey, whose “peers describe an M.O. of retaliation and overcharging.” GZ should sue her for that, because after acquittal, such an accusation is slanderous. He’ll have to get in line though, because one of Corey’s staff is planning a whistleblower suit. Ben Kruidbos testified that Corey and her staff had failed to disclose exculpatory evidence, and was fired for this. Already, it’s not looking good, because Corey’s office has a bad history according to the article: “Angela Corey’s office rebuked for late evidence gaffe in wrongful termination suit.”
The race-baiting of Obama’s DOJ
Under Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder, the DOJ has abandoned any pretense of justice, and has instead promoted Obama’s far-left policies. It dropped a case of voter intimidation against the New Black Panthers which had already been won, and promoted the Fast and Furious operation which cost American and Mexican lives. And even after the acquittal, the DOJ was planning to hound GZ with further federal charges. This was finally too much even for the ACLU. ACLU Washington Office Director Laura Murphy wrote to Holder:
“The ACLU believes the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Constitution protects someone from being prosecuted in another court for charges arising from the same transaction. A jury found Zimmerman not guilty, and that should be the end of the criminal case.”
The DOJ has also put a hold on returning GZ’s gun, denying him his second-amendment rights, although he has been acquitted. MLK was also denied a weapon. This injustice was too much for best-selling author Brad Thor, who tweeted:
“Read this carefully, as I don’t want 2 be misunderstood: SCREW the #DOJ. If they won’t give #Zimmerman his gun back, I’ll buy him a new one.”
More exculpatory evidence
Since the media and DOJ were falling over themselves to paint GZ as a “white-Hispanic” racist (unlike the ‘white-Black’ Racist-in-Chief, I guess), they largely ignored accounts showing that he was nothing of the kind. First, he is 1/8 black and 3/8 Hispanic. Also, in 2010, GZ campaigned furiously against the Sanford Police for covering up a beating of the black homeless man, Sherman Ware, by Justin Collison, son of a Police Lieutenant.
And this news is just in, showing that GZ valued human life— George Zimmerman emerged from hiding for truck crash rescue:
“Zimmerman was one of two men who came to the aid of Dana and Mark Gerstle and their two children, who were trapped inside a blue Ford Explorer SUV that had rolled over after traveling off the highway in Sanford, Fla. at approximately 5:45 p.m. Thursday, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.”
If this can happen to Zimmerman, it could happen to anyone. This pernicious combination of race-baiters, gutter journalism, an unprofessional prosecutor, and gutless governor could have destroyed an innocent young husband. Fortunately he had an excellent defense team and objective jurors. Meanwhile, check out this typically excellent clip by Bill Whittle: