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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t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/28/13 - 10:42 am
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The jury

If the jury has any brains, they will convict on the grounds that Zimmerman DID NOT do what the dispatcher told him !

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/28/13 - 10:45 am
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Quote from editorial

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

Where was and is the justice for T. Martin ??!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/13 - 10:48 am
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Rachel Jeantel described what

Rachel Jeantel described what happened in the letter she wrote. What more do y'all want? Hang Zimmerman.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/28/13 - 10:48 am
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Tim, do you have a scintilla

Tim, do you have a scintilla of evidence that Zimmerman is/was racist? It isn't racist to prejudge people based on dress, behavior, and past experience with people who look the profile. Prejudiced and maybe bigoted; but certainly not racist.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/28/13 - 10:51 am
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Quote from editorial

"This case had reasonable doubt written all over it from the start."

Reasonable doubt ? I think the reasonable doubt ENDED when Zimmerman chose to hunt T. Martin down !

Young Fred
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Young Fred 06/28/13 - 10:54 am
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Wow

After reading some of the comments on this subject (here and on other sites), I can only say it's embarrassing, the extent to which some of my fellow citizens allow themselves to be manipulated.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/13 - 10:54 am
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Don't blame Rachel Jeantel

Don't blame Rachel Jeantel for not being able to read the letter she wrote. She probably is such an excellent speed typist and reader that dealing with cursive writing is just so 1980s.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 06/28/13 - 10:55 am
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Itsanotherday1 @ 10:48

I believe that the "hunting down" of T. Martin is proof enough of being racist.

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grouse 06/28/13 - 11:00 am
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Re: Editorial

Unpublished

This is clearly cut-and-dried. The dispatcher told Zimmerman to stay in his car. He didn't. He should have done as instructed. People should be able to walk down any street in America unmolested.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/28/13 - 11:01 am
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I can only imagine the

I can only imagine the prosecutor trying to figure out how the heck to get out of this. He probably hopes the Judge calls a halt. That way he could say if the trial had gone on he would have done better and presented better evidence than he has so far.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/28/13 - 11:10 am
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Tim, do you not think

Tim, do you not think Zimmerman would have followed anyone he deemed suspicious? What evidence has been presented that Martin was "hunted down" ? The only thing in evidence is that Zimmerman was attempting to keep Martin in sight until the police arrived. Not to mention, it was Zimmerman getting the beatdown, not Martin. If you believe otherwise then you believe that Zimmerman beat his own head into the concrete to create those lacerations on the back of his head. Unless he did, that means Martin hunted Zimmerman and attacked him, not the other way around.

Edit: I agree that Z should not have created the situation to begin with, but so far, no one has suggested what he did was unlawful, as far as following a suspicious person goes.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/28/13 - 11:14 am
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RM

They knew it was a loser from the get-go. They just went ahead with the proscecution to appease the race baiters and PC crowd, just like the sponsors who are dumping Paula Deen. By prosecuting, win or lose, they now have cover. Deen's sponsors, even of they lose money, now have PC cover.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/28/13 - 11:43 am
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Here Tim and others

Review the whole story from an unbiased (I think) source:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Trayvon_Martin

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 06/28/13 - 12:54 pm
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This is not a second degree

This is not a second degree murder case at all. They would have prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Zimmerman set out to end Martins life.

I fear that if a verdict of not guilty or even manslaughter is returned this will trigger riots and I am sure Sharpton and Jackson will be there fanning the flames. Sadly if Zimmerman were black we would not even be aware of this case.

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owensjef3 06/28/13 - 12:57 pm
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Leave it to this paper to

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Leave it to this paper to rally behind George Zimmerman; we know a kid was unarmed and returning from the store to spend time with his dad. We know Zimmerman was armed and told he did not need to follow this kid. He alone determined that this kid was a suspect. I suggest this paper stay away from this subject and the commenter’s need to stop inserting Paula Dean in matter where someone died. This is not the usual silly politics; I find this totally insensitive and out of touch.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 06/28/13 - 01:01 pm
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Why did George Zimmerman ever

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Why did George Zimmerman ever come into that boy's life.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 06/28/13 - 01:05 pm
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RmSheff the reason we are

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RmSheff the reason we are aware of the case is because Zimmerman was not going to be charge with anything.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/28/13 - 02:10 pm
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Owens, the same politiics

Owens, the same politiics behind pursuing Zimmerman for MURDER are the same politics trying to ostracize and destroy Paula Deen. I apologize if the truth offends you.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/28/13 - 02:10 pm
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Dispatch

t3bledsoe posted:

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

A police dispatcher has no authority to order any citizen to do any thing. Zimmerman was under no obligation to take the recommendation of the dispatcher.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 06/28/13 - 02:15 pm
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So Wrong @1410

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So Wrong @1410

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/28/13 - 02:16 pm
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No Crime

t3bledsoe posted:

I believe that the "hunting down" of T. Martin is proof enough of being racist.

In the first place, Zimmerman was not "hunting down" Martin. He was merely following him around the subdivision. There's no crime in that.

In the second place, there is no legal evidence that Zimmerman is a racist.

In the third place, being a racist is no crime in America (at least not yet).

owensjef3
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owensjef3 06/28/13 - 02:17 pm
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Well he should have , if he

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Well he should have , if he did he would not be in trouble. @LL1410

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InChristLove 06/28/13 - 02:26 pm
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I wish people would do some

I wish people would do some research.....Martin was not a BOY, he was a 17 year old adult who had a chip on his shoulder, was in trouble at school and was walking around in the rain behind some residences instead of heading back to his father's place by way of a sidewalk. He was 5'11" compared to Zimmerman's 5'7", and we do not know who confronted whom but we do know at one point Zimmerman got the snot beat out of his head and nose. So who seems to be the aggressor here?

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Riverman1 06/28/13 - 02:38 pm
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Let's Relax For a Minute

Can Dems and Repubs be friends here for a minute? I think we all know what happened. We also all hate a 17 year old was killed no matter the circumstances or history of either party. Personally, I would have done something different than shoot Trayvon, but that terrible, gut wrenching shot can’t be taken back. Teens fight without shots being fired and expect to get out of it with a bloody nose at most. That’s kind of the mindset with teens, but adults being hit by a potentially dangerous stranger elicit a different and possibly deadly response. It was a tragic set of circumstances with a Hispanic male vs a black male. We all really know there was no murder.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/28/13 - 02:47 pm
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Stand Your Ground

Here is the relevant paragraph from Florida legal code:

(3) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.

Today's witnesses for the prosecution both gave testimony that a fight was going on and someone was on top of someone else. Both parties (Martin and Zimmerman) had grounds to use deadly force upon the other. No murder was committed in the Martin case. It was clearly covered by the Florida stand your ground law.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/28/13 - 02:50 pm
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(Owens) "we know a kid was

(Owens) "we know a kid was unarmed and returning from the store to spend time with his dad"

Negative....the boys father didn't even report him missing until around 9am the next morning. He was staying at the home of his dad's girlfriends house. No telling how long he had been gone from the residence and was killed around 7pm on the 26th. Why did his dad not report him missing until around 9am on the 27th. If it was my kid and he'd been in trouble and was staying with me while being suspended from school, seriously I would have been watching him like a hawk. Why wasn't the dad out looking for him or at least investigating what all the commotion was about since this all occurred approximately 70 yards from their back door. If this happened 70 yards from his back door, why didn't Trayvon continue running until he reached the condo. Zimmerman had already lost sight of him like he told the dispatcher. Can not prove, but sure sounds like the young man was the one who did the confronting, was ticked off, and Zimmerman ended up with a bloody nose and two cuts on the head. So I ask again, who does it sound like was the agressor here.

As was stated earlier, observing suspicious behavior in your neighborhood is not illegal.

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allhans 06/28/13 - 03:09 pm
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I think Zimmerman identified

I think Zimmerman identified himself as "Hispanic".

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/28/13 - 03:32 pm
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Martin's history

If one deserves to be shot for "history" alone, many on these pages would be in jeopardy just based on some things we have posted; myself included.

Zimmerman didn't know Martin so his history was not a factor, was it?

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specsta 06/28/13 - 03:39 pm
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Choices

ACES wrote: "Martin, frankly, appears not to be the Boy Scout the hustlers tried to paint him."

This is pretty low, ACES.

So, are we now to assume that only pristine choir boys with high SAT scores, family membership at the country club and who volunteer to feed the homeless are the only young teens worthy of justice in the court system?

Trayvon was no different than the majority of other 17-year teens. He was still a child, not a grown man, and his thinking was that of a child, not an adult. To demand that this young man behave or think or act in a way fitting for a 25-year-old is just stupid, ACES.

Trayvon was minding his own business, noticed a creepy person following him, and stood his ground when confronted. Zimmerman CHOSE to follow Trayvon and Zimmerman CHOSE to carry a lethal weapon on his person.

And an innocent teen is dead. FOR NO REASON. Zimmerman must be held accountable.

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RMSHEFF 06/28/13 - 03:43 pm
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Specsta

Boy, they should put you one the stand....you seem to have information no one else has.

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