What I’ve Been Thinking All Along

And never had the patience to say until now.

These are my thoughts and observations on the Zimmerman case. I did follow the news and commentary when the shooting happened, and in the following weeks. But trials bore me to tears, so I didn’t really pay much attention (I wasn’t the only one) to it. In fact, other than the verdict, this is what I knew about the trial and its periphery, commentary throughout:

– Zimmerman was charged with manslaughter as well as second degree murder. I don’t know if these were leveled against him at the same time or if they dropped one to pursue the other. I could probably easily find out but I’m feeling lazy.

– The prosecution had a really lousy case against Zimmerman. Much of what they did helped the defense. The prosecution’s witness’s own statements indicated that Zimmerman had a right to be where he was (for the record, I’ll take an impetuous neighborhood watch volunteer over the well-trained police, any day of the week, and twice on Sunday), and that he was the one being attacked. Any provocation, short of a threat or assault, may have been stupid, but it was hardly criminal. So you have the testimony of witnesses who didn’t even see all that went down. From the start it was pretty obvious that the prosecution didn’t have much more than this. Maybe Zimmerman did throw the first punch. Who knows? But it has to be proven beyond the shadow of a doubt. It seemed pretty obvious from the facts the public was made privy to well before the trial that the prosecution would never be able to do this.

– Certain groups wanted a guilty verdict, no matter what. Some of them for their own sincere reasons, but many simply because they have an agenda. Few if any of them, from what I could tell going all the way back to when the shooting happened, even had the capacity to empathize with George Zimmerman. This is fine, but when it becomes a racially motivated witch hunt with a presumption of guilt, and then the media gets a hold of it, and the outcome of the trial begins to take on consequences that could have repercussions throughout the nation, we have a major problem on our hands.

The fact is, it is really no one’s business besides the accused, the victim’s family, the lawyers, the witnesses, and the local courts and police. Not even really the community’s beyond the general task of stamping out crime. Some would argue that this trial has major consequences, and so we must pay attention to it. They are right, but it is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Making a big deal is what makes it a big deal. The only reason it has any consequences for anyone other than those involved or anywhere besides where it actually occurred is because we have been paying far more attention to it than it ever merited. And the reason for this is a collectivist mentality, where all formerly and currently oppressed folk must band together to defend their own even though they might just be in the wrong.

How could a case like this possibly have an impact on trials or laws or liberties or race-relations or childrearing or property rights in other states without the media and special interest groups hyping it beyond its actual scale and scope?

I certainly don’t want to sweep injustice (if there even was any besides the presumption of guilt placed upon George Zimmerman) under the rug, but it is illogical to think that widening the circles of those who think they have a say in this matter will lead to a preferential outcome. For all the clamor and hyperbole this case was still decided in the courts by an impartial jury of Zimmerman’s peers (well, sort of). The way certain people on the television, on the radio, on the web, in print comported themselves could have had little other effect than to pressure the jurors to follow the guidance, not of their own conscience, but of a bloodthirsty lynch mob. Even if they happened to hand down the correct verdict under these circumstances, and Zimmerman got what he “deserved” (whether exoneration or incarceration), they could in no way claim that they served the cause of justice. Neither the mob nor the jurors.

America is a nation full of self-serving big-mouthed know-it-alls, not that this is news or we need a reminder. Unsurprisingly then, the cause of justice was the last thing on these peoples’ minds. I place most of the blame on Trayvon’s (most vocal) sympathizers as it looks like Zimmerman’s were mostly reacting to the trend of busy-bodies, community organizers, and race-baiters who ran with this non-story to further an agenda: gun control, person control, race control, but not self-control.

But guess what? The real haters lost. So it was all one big distraction. A waste of everyone’s time. It was fascinating and all, but can we talk about something important (in its own right) now?

7 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Thinking All Along

  1. Well said. This case never should have gone to trial and would not were it not for skeevy politicians bending over to the tyranny of a loud and demanding minority. Governor Scott should be voted out and replaced by a person of courage, principle and dedication to the rule of law as opposed to the rule of the mob. If ever there was an example of political malfeasance and cowardice, it is exemplified in the corpus and intellect of Mr. Scott.

    • I don’t even know all the details but I did hear that everything was fine until certain politicians were lobbied to “do something.” You know what they say, “the buck stops here.”

  2. The only reason the case got as big as it did is because the Sanford Police failed to do their jobs correctly. They failed to take George Zimmerman blood after the incident occurred (but yet they took Trayvon Martin’s), they failed to run a background check on George Zimmerman (although they ran one on Trayvon Martin) and they failed to investigate the entire situation correctly. That is why the situation blew into a big national travesty. To say that this case does affect anyone besides the Sanford community would be an inaccurate statement. Whenever another similar case arises, the defense will claim self-defense and cite, The State of Florida vs Zimmerman. They have self-defense laws in 16 states and Castle Doctrine in all.

    • Big Irv, I’m not sure what you are saying. Are you agreeing or disagreeing? I ask because it seems like you are saying that the local police and not the news media and several race-baiting/gun hating attack dogs are to blame for the fact that the news media and those same attack dogs blew this out of proportion, as though the stupidity of local police automatically makes this any more newsworthy. But then you say “To say that this case does affect anyone besides the Sanford community would be an inaccurate statement.” Did you mean “doesn’t”? If so, I think you fail to see my point. My point is: It is more likely to be handled properly if the uninformed and ulteriorly motivated, particularly those who are unaffected by it, would just shut up and mind their own business. That would not preclude this case from being cited in future cases, though I fail to see why that would even be necessary other than for lazy defense attorneys who want to fast track their client to acquittal on the merits of some other case. I also maintain that the reason it even went to trial was because of the sensationalization of the incident.

    • I apologize for the confusion. That was a typo, I meant to say “doesn’t.” My point was that because the police department failed to do an unbiased police investigation. It required people outside of the situation/case to get involved. If the Sanford police did a proper investigation, then their wouldn’t be a need for anyone outside of the parties affected to get involved.

      The race factor was interjected into the situation when George Zimmerman racial profiled Trayvon Martin. When the police arrived at the scene of the crime, they proceeded to do the same thing, racial profile Trayvon Martin. As a result, they failed to do a proper investigation in obtaining evidence such as a toxicology report and criminal background check on Zimmerman. The news media and “race-baiting/gun hating attack dogs” as you put it only came onto the seen after an overall injustice had been committed. Their claim of racism and injustice was correctly just because the police failed to do their job correctly and unbiasedly as a result of their racial profiling. Some news outlets may have gone over the top but the attention to the case was necessary because an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

      Whether a defense is lazy or not, they can still cite the case for relevance and precedence within the court of law. It happens all the time in the US Supreme Court and other courts. Lawyers usually cite previous ones in cases of laws (ex. Roe vs Wade, Brown vs Broad of Education, etc.)

    • Big Irv,

      What evidence do you have that either Zimmerman or the Police racially profiled anyone? I do not think this exists. If at any time they made a decision they shouldn’t have, like taking the word of a man who, 1) was doing his duty, 2) had a broken nose and cuts and abrasions, and 3) alerted them to the situation in the first place over that of the dead Trayvon, I do not think race was a factor.

      I do not see the failure to perform a toxicology report or a background check as an injustice. What would be their reason for doing this with the facts they were presented with? Isn’t there some criteria? Are you certain that Zimmerman met it under the law, let alone that it would be necessary or justified?

      The interjection of race was the sole fault of those media outlets that went over the top. Again, there is no evidence of racial profiling. But their is clear and abundant evidence of race baiting.

      I know about citing cases. The only reason anyone would ever be able to cite this case is because it went to trial. But the questions are, should it ever have gone to trial? And why did it eventually go to trial?

      My point about a lazy defense was somewhat tongue in cheek. What I meant to communicate by it is that it merely reinforces, it does not prove. In other words, if you had 100 Zimmerman type cases throughout the country all at once, none influenced by the other, and tried them all independently, the vast majority of juries would have found the defendants not guilty. Being able to cite the Zimmerman case or any case is not a prerequisite to finding any defendant anywhere innocent. Only a jury’s ability to weigh the facts (and the law, but that is a separate discussion) is. Therefore, no matter what the verdict was, it is a fairly good indication that similar cases would play out the same way with or without the ability to cite The State of Florida vs Zimmerman.

      If you haven’t already, please read Rick’s comment here.

Please keep it civil

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s