Race to judgment

They had Zimmerman convicted before trial; it doesn't work that way

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Months before the first testimony in the case, the usual cast of race hustlers tried to make the Trayvon Martin killing into some kind of barometer of race relations in America.

The media were giddy to promote that divisive narrative, and likely will continue to do so when the verdict comes in. NBC even edited tape of a phone call to make the shooter, George Zimmerman, appear racist: It aired audio of Zimmerman offering an emergency dispatcher information about Martin’s race, seemingly out of thin air. But the network purposely left out the fact that the dispatcher had asked Zimmerman about the young man’s race.

The hustlers’ folly, of course, is profound and quite dangerous.

First off, a confrontation between two ill-fated individuals says nothing about the country as a whole or about the state of race relations.

This was a titanic collision – the result of a catastrophic chain of fateful events. Zimmerman appears to have been an overzealous wanna-be cop who ignored instructions from authorities to stay on the sidelines; Martin, frankly, appears not to be the Boy Scout the hustlers tried to paint him.

Secondly, while there’s a long dark shadow of haunting civil wrongs done to innocent blacks in American history, this case is not so cut and dried. There is great contention over how the confrontation between Zimmerman and Martin proceeded.

The jury will be hard-pressed to ignore Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. And remember: Our system requires a finding of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case had reasonable doubt written all over it from the start. Many observers believe the prosecutors have overpromised the Martin family and its supporters by overcharging Zimmerman with second-degree murder; it will be most difficult to prove. You have to wonder if the national-level attention and intense protests forced the prosecutors’ hand to cover their backsides.

And with the testimony of supposed star witness Rachel Jeantel, the prosecution now appears to have under-delivered as well as overpromised. She has been a disaster on the witness stand: having to admit lying; muddling the time-line; admitting that Martin, himself, had used a racial slur about Zimmerman in his last phone call with her; and exhibiting an inappropriate, even offensive attitude in court that can’t have endeared her to the jury or enhanced her credibility.

“That is not the attitude you want from your star witness when it’s critical that the jury believe her,” one television legal analyst said, noting even the Martin family seemed exasperated with Jeantel.

Analysts “generally found Jeantel devastating – to the state,” the Orlando Sentinel wrote. One of them described the key witness as “unraveling. She’s got no credibility.”

“It was a classic meltdown,” another analyst summed up. “I haven’t seen such a meltdown in about 35 years. You may see the first unraveling of the state’s case. It better get better from here. If it doesn’t, they have real problems.”

And so might the nation – if the race hustlers have succeeded in convincing many folks that an acquittal in this case is an injustice and a cause for unrest. They had Zimmerman convicted before his arrest. But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how justice works.

The hustlers called for “Justice for Trayvon.” The goal ought to be justice, period.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/13 - 03:35 am
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Convict Zimmerman no matter

Convict Zimmerman no matter if the prosecution witness is a liar and bring in Paula Deen before the jury is dismissed and find her guilty of SOMETHING, too. NBC News will praise the brave court on both accounts.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/28/13 - 04:54 am
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Yes Riverman, the press

Yes Riverman, the press decided this case in the first week as they tried to make this about race. This was a very unfortunate event but a 2 nd degree murder charge should never been brought.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 06/28/13 - 06:41 am
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did the liberals enact a de-emancipation proclamation?

by making an entire race think they are victims?
powerless and dependant on the help of the federal government?
educated enough to hate, but not enough to reason?
nbc, cbs, abc, and especially the associated press have already convicted the man
how many of our young cannot read? Whether printed or cursive?
how many young black males have been murdered?
and nbc, cbs, abc, and especially the associated press
DO NOT CARE!
the media and the liberals are the new racists.
By their fruits we know them.

carcraft
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carcraft 06/28/13 - 06:56 am
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Well don't forget our "post

Well don't forget our "post racial " President had to throw his two cents worth in also! I wonder if the star witness would act like his daughter?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/28/13 - 06:57 am
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Rush to judgement

EVERYONE should inhale and learn from the OJ Simpson trial. The media and talking heads, many who now owe their careers to the on screen commentating during the trial, declared winners and losers every day. They declared that OJ would definitely be found guilty. When that didn't happen, the public felt betrayed that the verdict was not what they had been told it would be. There is still racial animus today almost at the very mention of the trial.

I am wearing a parent's hat and I know that I would never expect my child to stop and address questioning from a stranger who simply asks, "What are you doing around here?" (Paraphrased).

With Florida being a state high in child abductions, I am amazed at people who maintain that if Martin had answered Zimmerman and not mouthed off he would be alive. To you I say put your son or daughter in that position and tell us you want them entertaining a stranger for one second. That's all it takes for someone to be snatched and never seen again. It happened to a precious little girl in a WalMart just a few days go.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/28/13 - 07:04 am
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Learn

The jurors will give the verdict. What the media and pundits say can irritate us but does not effect the verdict. The grown-ups in the room know that.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/28/13 - 07:13 am
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Make American Justice a joke. It is accomplished. FIn.
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Inept prosecutors and defense attorneys trying to be media stars. He we are on TV. Jurors who decide by "feelings instead of facts" presented in open court.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/28/13 - 07:15 am
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Facts presented in open court, not FEELINGS. Jurors are a joke.
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Stay out of the courtroom. Stay out of the hospital. The innocent die there every day.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/28/13 - 07:19 am
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Sad commetary

@ ymnbde
If you know any people of the race you are referencing, show them your comments and see what they think.

deestafford
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deestafford 06/28/13 - 07:25 am
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There is some doubt as to the classifying Zimmerman as a

"cop wanna be" because he took an interest in the safety of the neighborhood. One version I heard is the community had no formal neighborhood watch and some residents had asked Zimmerman to sort of keep an eye out on things. Yes, he had made numerous calls to the police because there had been break ins in the neighborhood and he would report suspicious people who looked like they were not not residents. As with many calls of suspicious people some were not confirmed.

Originally, the media said Zimmerman was white. Then it found out he was Hispanic and then he became a "White Hispanic". Have you ever heard that term used?

As far as him being a racist, Zimmerman was the only person, white or black, who stood up for a black person in some previous incident.

To show the ease in which many people with no background knowledge are led by the race hustlers, I saw a young black in Kroger wearing a sweat shirt with a picture of Martin on it saying, "Justice for Treyvon". Just another example of some race hustlers stirring the honey pot and making a buck off the ignorant by selling them sweat shirts.

Do you notice how the media shows photos of Martin as a nice clean cut kid rather than those available showing him holding a gun, giving gang signs, and marijuana smoke going up his nose? Martin was either a thug or a thug wanna be who was up to no good in a location he had no business being.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/28/13 - 07:23 am
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I agree River

NBC News will praise the brave court on both accounts.

BUT it isn't just nbc....their bias is unbelievable!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/28/13 - 07:28 am
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Cops alert program

We had car breakins a few years ago & requested they (police) come out & share their program with us....what the police stressed more than anything is this...If you SEE something --call the police asap...we also started an email group with homeowners.......great idea btw.

Jason Hasty
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Jason Hasty 06/28/13 - 07:32 am
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Prosecutor's motive

May or may not be trying hard to convict. Remember O.J. Simpson? Choice of prosecutor was unbelievable considering the demographics of that case. They can blame the loss on this horrible witness.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/28/13 - 07:35 am
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Also am I the only one

The trial & news on tv is sickening to me....do we have ANY other news ...let the thing run its course & give updates BUT does it have to be 24/7.......mine is turned off most of the day now...TOO MUCH!!

bigj706
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bigj706 06/28/13 - 07:48 am
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Yes too much

Yes too much

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/13 - 07:49 am
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It seems by Zimmerman calling

It seems by Zimmerman calling the police often he set a pattern of what he did when he saw something suspicious. He would call the police. The police WANT to be called for ANYTHING suspicious.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/28/13 - 07:59 am
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After listeing to the

After listeing to the prosecution witness, Rachel Jeantel’s testimony, she seems to be a fairly accurate and average representation of a goodly percentage of our young people. (if you haven’t heard, I suggest you look it up, quite fascinating)

As each year goes by, it seems a larger and larger percentage of our young have Jeantel’s attitude.

Don’t think for a minute this isn’t by design.

If you don’t realize that, all I can say is - All the world’s a stage, and you’re one of the many enthralled spectators.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/28/13 - 08:06 am
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Martin should have kept

Martin should have kept walking rather than confronting and beating on Zimmerman, no matter how wrong Zimmerman may (or not) have been in following him.

That said, I've always believed Zimmerman had some culpability in this for aggressively pursuing Martin rather than staying in his car and following the dispatchers request to not follow Martin anymore.

I don't know exactly what he is guilty of, certainly not any degree of murder, but he is partly responsible for the outcome; IMO of course.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/28/13 - 08:09 am
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I'd be willing to bet
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liberals and blacks (oops, same thing) would find o.j. innocent if I showed a baby picture of him. Oops again! They did find him innocent of slaughtering two white people. Got to give it to blacks, they don't care what kind of crime they commit as long as the white man is the recipient. Examples: o.j., marion berry, charlie rangel, holder, obama.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/28/13 - 08:12 am
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Earwitness

The prosecution witness for the last two days basically said, "While listening to the phone I heard Zimmerman hit Martin."

Well, that's that. Case over. String Zimmerman up.

Can you believe a jury would buy such a cockamamie story? The news media said yesterday's witness is their "star" witness. She has the only testimony that is contrary to Zimmerman's own statement. I say the prosecution overreached and will be eager to get this trial over and go lick their wounds.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/28/13 - 08:16 am
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Attack

Troia asked:

Who has the right to do that to YOU?

Martin had no right to knock Zimmerman to the ground and then pound Zimmerman's head into the sidewalk cement. When Martin did that, he was physically attacking Zimmerman. Under Florida "stand your ground" law, you can use deadly force against someone who is attacking you.

Following someone in a subdivision is not a crime. Pounding someone's head into the pavement is a crime.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/28/13 - 09:15 am
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Race to Judgement

I think this gut was guilty of murder when he did not do what the dispatcher told to NOT FOLLOW T. Martin !

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/13 - 09:16 am
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If matters were handled

If matters were handled correctly, the Judge would call a halt to the proceedings after that main prosecution witness and declare a not-guilty verdict.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/28/13 - 09:19 am
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Quote from editorial

"Months before the first testimony in the case, the usual cast of race hustlers tried to make the Trayvon Martin killing into some kind of barometer of race relations in America."

I disagree with this statement entirely ! Again, if the racest murderer had not followed T. Martin, then there would have been no killing.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/28/13 - 09:23 am
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Troia @ 10:19

You said it correctly ! And don't forget Zimmerman had a gun.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/13 - 09:29 am
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I don't mean to disparage a

I don't mean to disparage a dead 17 year old, but have you examined his history?

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/28/13 - 09:30 am
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Quote from editorial

"NBC even edited tape of a phone call to make the shooter, George Zimmerman, appear racist:"

Appear racist ??! How can ANYONE believe otherwise ??!!

Pops
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Pops 06/28/13 - 09:31 am
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The media

seems to report and exploit news stories of only white on black crime. Rarely black on white crime seems to be covered. My theory is that they are fearful of being painted with the "racist media" brush. Do a Google or Yahoo web search of a couple of phrases. "polar bear hunting" and "knockout game".

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/28/13 - 09:36 am
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The fight

Again, it doesn't matter if T. Martin started the fight, Zimmerman should have not been there !

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/28/13 - 09:38 am
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I'm no legal expert, but I've

I'm no legal expert, but I've always believed that each side starts with its best witness. (Maybe Dixieman can enlighten). If Rachel Jeantel is the prosecution's best, aka "star" witness, their case is toast. I'm predicting a NG verdict.

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