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An appeal to reason

Don't get caught up in misguided hysteria after Zimmerman verdict

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Who’s hounding whom now?

The very people who bitterly complain that George Zimmerman stalked Trayvon Martin now seem intent on dogging Zimmerman, even after a jury acquitted him in what everyone concedes was a fair trial.

They say they want justice, but only if it leads to the outcome they expect. The justice system spoke for itself, and on Saturday found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

As we warned in an editorial Saturday, those who tuned in to the former mainstream media were exposed to a perverted view of the case that presented the prosecution in an unrealistically favorable light – and were likely shocked by the outcome as a result.

The case was not only riddled with conflicting evidence and reasonable doubt, but also arguably some pretty compelling evidence that Zimmerman was being beaten before shooting Martin – which would buttress Zimmerman’s claim of self-defense. As other news outlets reported long ago, the physical evidence indicated wounds on Zimmerman’s face and head – and on Martin’s knuckles.

If there is any reasonable belief that Zimmerman was defending himself – and there is – then the jury was duty-bound to acquit him.

Even in the face of such facts, the former mainstream media just couldn’t resist selling the story line that this was a racial incident reminiscent of America’s inglorious past. Many in the left-wing media seem to want that past to be true today. They want to believe the worst in America. They’re not interested in the evidence. It gets in the way of a good, self-loathing story.

There was no evidence that Zimmerman had any racist tendencies whatsoever. In fact, there was evidence to the contrary, with one black witness calling Zimmerman a friendly neighbor. FBI reports say the police concluded Zimmerman was an “overzealous” neighborhood watchman who exhibited “a little hero complex, but not as a racist.”

Indeed, the only racist intonations in the trial came from Trayvon Martin himself, who used a racial slur in describing Zimmerman to a friend on the phone just before the fateful encounter.

These facts, and many more, not only point clearly to a verdict of not guilty, but also bring into question the pretext for the charges. As strongly as Mr. Martin’s supporters feel about the verdict, many folks believe just as strongly that this case was filed as much for political reasons as legal.

Yet, even after the verdict, some still want to hound Zimmerman, urging the U.S. Department of Justice to put him on trial again for violating Martin’s civil rights – again, in the face of absolutely no evidence of racial motivation.

This mob-like pound-of-flesh incitement on the part of some is causing a hysteria that leads to civil unrest and irrational statements such as one protester’s lament of “58 years, and nothing’s changed.” That’s just lunacy. And it’s a particularly perilous genre of fiction.

Leaders appealed for calm before and after the verdict, while not really achieving it. What we might want to appeal for is reason.

George Zimmerman is not a cop, and he should’ve left law enforcement to the law enforcers. He should never have followed anyone as he did. But our hounding him makes just as little sense. The jury has spoken.

Neither this case nor its conclusion have anything relevant or coherent to say about race relations in America.

Unfortunately, the reaction to it does.

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RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 07/16/13 - 07:16 pm
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palmetto

That is why they should have used a grand jury. This was not done.

deestafford
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deestafford 07/16/13 - 08:17 pm
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Did y'all hear Martin's girlfriend on Piers Morgan last night?

Here's a synopsis:

She was talking with Martin on the phone and he told her a man was following him. She then told him it could be a man who wanted to rape him and for him to run and that he needed to worry about his little brother if that rapist followed him home. She said Martin was not homosexual and would not want something like that to happen.

Apparently, based on her interview, Martin thought he was being followed by a homosexual who was stalking him to rape him. Martin then decided to circle back and confront the homosexual. Seems like Martin was profiling and had hatred for homosexuals.

Have y'all heard any of this from the lame stream media? Boy, the left is tying itself in a knot...here you have a young black who is profiling and is homophobic. Which victim group are they going to side with?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 07/16/13 - 08:27 pm
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Odd Rachel is bringing all

Odd Rachel is bringing all this up now....wonder why she didn't say anything in her testimony in court about this?

carcraft
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carcraft 07/16/13 - 08:45 pm
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internationallyunknown,

internationallyunknown, Marissa went to the garage at her estranged husbands house retrieved her gun, came back into the house and pointed the gun at her ex husbands head and squeezed the trigger, the bullet went through the wall and into the ceiling narrowly missing her estranged husband head.. This was not a warning shot it was attempted murder. It was not stand your ground because she had vacated the area where her husband was and then came back into the room, it was not a warning shot into the ceiling the gun was pointed at her ex or soon to be ex. More attempted racist BS!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/16/13 - 08:46 pm
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That is the strangest story

That is the strangest story I've ever heard-and the first I've heard of it. I just heard the tale Zimmerman's relative said he molested her when he was 8 and she 6-but at that age that doesn't really qualify as molestation with two really young minors. Seems too many people keep changing their testimony-which always will raise reasonable doubt. I doubt we will ever hear the truth from anyone concerning this issue now-like anything that becomes "politicized" truth quickly gets lost. This isn't about race as much as how the media can manipulate public "awareness" and public opinion-be it racism, gay marriage, abortion. The news media don't report the news now they make it.

carcraft
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carcraft 07/16/13 - 08:54 pm
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here is the Marisa story

here is the Marisa story http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2012/05/another-... she could have styed in the garage, sought other avenues of egress etc. but she went back into the house and pointed the gun toward her husband and his children.

specsta
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specsta 07/16/13 - 09:37 pm
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A New Low For ACES

ACES, your editorial is truly scraping the bottom of a decades-old excrement-filled sewer pipe. This article is the lowest of the low.

There is only one victim in this case - Trayvon Martin.

A child is dead for no other reason than the fact that he was a young, black male. And his killer is free for that same reason.

I wonder what an ACES editorial would look like if Zimmerman had been an older black male and Trayvon had been a teen-aged white girl. Who would be the victim then?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 07/16/13 - 10:05 pm
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Spec who would know about it

Spec who would know about it to comment but the locals in Florida. It would have never been a national story. There is only one victim and that is Trayvon, but the justice system didn't find Zimmerman at fault is the bottom line. Is that "just" well no but I believe we need to over hall our penal and justice system. I think of the wife of the physician who many believed was "murdered" by the local driver as he gunned his way down the highway running over 7 and killing one-but a court didn't see fit for him to do any time either. I wonder if his wife feels there was justice for her husband? And besides the scenario you spoke already happened locally but it was a black male killing a little baby in a stroller. It was covered by the major media but obviously that story didn't have legs because it was only a little white baby. Or maybe I missed all the local protest wanting "justice" for poor little baby.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 07/16/13 - 10:37 pm
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In Florida, a grand jury is
Unpublished

In Florida, a grand jury is only necessary in capital cases. The state prosecutor may bring charges in any other case. Despite that, in any jurisdiction, the grand jury is nothing more than what a prosecutor has his/her mind set to do...a rubber stamp.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 07/17/13 - 12:02 am
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specsta...

...there's an awful lot of assumption in your comment.

If one were to look at the facts objectively in this case, a “case” could be made that Zimmerman is also a victim in this case.

But, as I said, that would take looking at this case objectively, ALL the facts, ALL the circumstances.

Drop it while you have the lame stream media behind you, because an OBJECTIVE look at all the facts will, yet again, show the fallacies of your assumptions.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/17/13 - 07:11 am
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Spec. Zimmerman is the
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Spec. Zimmerman is the victim. Martin committed assault, and he paid the price. Those are the FACTS. What you presented has already been debuncked.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 07/17/13 - 01:21 pm
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"A child is dead for no other
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"A child is dead for no other reason than the fact that he was a young, black male. And his killer is free for that same reason."

Spec....I challenge you to back that statement up with one single piece of evidence. Good luck because neither the FBI, nor the FL DA could do it. Maybe you know somethign that they don't.

myfather15
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myfather15 07/17/13 - 04:39 pm
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HA

Good job!! You won't get a response!! You busted them on that one!!

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