For the entire duration of the trial of Public Opinion v. George Zimmerman it was impossible for me to look at Yahoo News without finding at least one update on what was happening in the Florida courtroom where Mr. Zimmerman was on trial for his freedom. Generally, in Yahoo’s “Top Ten Trending Stories” there was some reference or other to the trial.
Today, George Zimmerman didn’t make it to that list.
Being adjudged not guilty certainly has its benefits – although I wonder if there are many who feel this was a miscarriage of justice and who intend to rectify that by personally executing their own form of justice on the now-acquitted Mr. Zimmerman. Those who hold to that opinion are precisely the people who exhibit the same sort of primitive behavior of which Mr. Zimmerman was accused – and found not guilty.
Needless to say, first in the fray to continue the persecution of Mr. Zimmerman were some notables who are as far to the left as one can maneuver while still remaining on planet Earth. Al Sharpton expressed his outrage and planned on demanding that Atty. Gen. Eric Holder (himself a man of tarnished scruples) pursue a Civil Rights suit against Mr. Zimmerman. And, it wouldn’t be a good fashion show without a few white models thrown in the mix so Elliott Spitzer (an attorney who swore to uphold the law and broke it by consorting with prostitutes illegally), had his moment to opine over the “miscarriage of justice” that took place in Florida.
As God is my judge, I don’t know how either of these men, if they have a shred of morality left in their souls, can look at themselves in the mirror and say the things that they say. If I had either of their track records to my credit I would be looking for the deepest cave in which to hide and pray that no one would ever find me. The shame of having to face another human being would be more than I could handle. But I guess we’re all different – or I suppose that’s what “diversity” is all about.
In a recent post I said that I would lay odds of ten to one that Zimmerman would be found guilty – not based on the evidence but on the basis of the kangaroo court of public opinion. Obviously, I was wrong – but beyond that – (I’ve been wrong many times in my life) – I was shocked, stunned and amazed by the verdict.
Frankly, I was agnostic on the whole trial and never watched one second of it – in the same way I never watched any of the O. J. Simpson trial for the murder of his wife and Ronald Goldman. I don’t find courtroom melodrama particularly interesting and I have better uses for my time.
But now that the trial is over and the verdict has been rendered, I wanted to sit back and analyze why my belief that George Zimmerman would be convicted was incorrect. So today I did a little digging and a little thinking.
At some point in the past, I had read that Trayvon Martin who was presented as a candidate for “Choir Boy of the Year” had a rap sheet. I easily found that he had been suspended from his high school three times – and, in fact, was on suspension when the tragic incident occurred. This third suspension apparently stemmed from his violating his school’s “zero tolerance” policy for substance abuse. Apparently a marijuana pipe and drug residue were found in his possession.
Now much has been made of whether Zimmerman actively “stalked” Martin or whether Martin was the aggressor. And more has been made of the fact that if both men acted more rationally perhaps this entire sad event might have been avoided. That second statement is probably true.
But what if Trayvon Martin, in light of the fact that he apparently used marijuana at least occasionally, were under its influence the night he died? That might account for his acting in a way that George Zimmerman found threatening. Of course, that is pure speculation – but the thought might have occurred to the jury members as they deliberated Mr. Zimmerman’s fate.
But here are the two reasons that I believe that Mr. Zimmerman – at least based on the evidence presented at the trial – is innocent:
First, the jury, despite all the publicity of this trial and all the pressure they must have felt, rendered their verdict quickly. I would have expected that a quick verdict would result in Mr. Zimmerman’s incarceration. That suggests to me definitively that the jurors believed that the prosecution had failed to make their case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Second, the reaction to the verdict was predictable with calls for vigilante justice from certain elements in American society. I cannot believe that these six women, were unaware that would be the reaction if they found the defendant not guilty. And that their own safety might well be threatened by those same individuals. Rendering a verdict of guilty would have been the easy and safe thing for them to do. Instead they chose to do the difficult and courageous thing.
None of us will ever know what happened the fateful night that Trayvon Martin died. But what we do know is that a fair trial of the accused was conducted and the jury found him not guilty. If we believe in the rule of law, each of us needs to accept that and move on.
Otherwise, we follow the same hateful path that organizations such as the KKK walk.