I'm really not too surprised (a little surprised and disappointed) that the Jury found Zimmerman not-guilty of murder (of at least Manslaughter) after Zimmerman confessed to hunting down and murdering Trayvon Martin. The defense did a good job of putting Trayvon on trial and the standard is "beyond a reasonable doubt", and so letting the defense make up a bogus theory about Trayvon attacking Zimmerman worked for them. Stand your ground was designed to legalize murder if the murderer is a white man who can establish he "reasonably believed" he was the one who was being attacked. And that was the premise of local authorities from the beginning. Trayvon was guilty of eating skittles and walking while black and wearing a hoodie in the rain. Wrong place wrong time. Summary:
- One: the standard was "beyond a reasonable doubt."
- Never mind that the man confessed to murdering him.
- Two: The defense lawyer was allowed to put Trayvon on trial and play on racist fears.
- Three: The prosecutor was unwilling to even challenge directly Zimmerman's lies about being attacked.
Good news is that this also was a Federal Crime (at least until the Gang of 5 Corrupt Judges get hold of it) and so
- Once the Feds investigate this perp they'll see that:
- Zimmerman violated Trayvon's civil rights
- and probably Federal Hate crime laws;
- and the local authorities did too by trying to cover up the crime.
And of Course, as always there is a larger issue lost in the mix here. One reason for the very lousy handling of Zimmerman's open and shut case is that Zimmerman's dad is a very powerful person who used to be a judge in Virginia. That side of "extrajudicial lawlessness" by our own authorities and their kin folks is a form of corruption, not just "how things are." Zimmerman's case should have been handled the same as anyone elses, but we seem to have one law for the powerful and wealthy, and another for everyone else. That should outrage at least 90% of us.
But finally, I've decided that these assholes don't deserve the attention they get. We have to fight them, at least partly, by contrasting their small, shallow and fearful behavior with the kind of behavior we'd like to see. We have to be the change we want to see. We have to be bigger then them. They can go into that hole to hell they dig. I'm thinking of Walt Whitman. I'm thinking of Bette Midler.
Meanwhile, we all should sign NAACP's petition asking the Justice Department to investigate:
- Justice Department:
- Further Reading:
- But this is what I'd rather listen to: