People have asked me why I oppose the death penalty. I don't think it's cruel and unusual punishment or unconstitutional. I do have a major problem with executing innocent people. There are also too many glory hound prosecutors out there who will do anything to make a name for themselves in high profile cases. Mike Nifong is the posterboy for that. He's not the only Mike Nifong out there. Angela Corey is another. How many prosecutors out there are of that ilk? Not all are, but there's enough out there to be alarmed.
This was not a fair trial, and still the verdict was not guilty. Luckily Zimmerman had two very good attorneys in Mark O'Mara and Don West. O'Mara especially.
The jury made the proper verdict in the George Zimmerman case. There was no case for the prosecution. The George Zimmerman case should not have gone to trial. It went to trial because the media pushed a narrative. The narrative was that a racist white dude stalked and shot and killed Trayvon Martin because he was black and the supposedly evil "stand your ground" law allowed it. That was bullshit for several reasons.
1. Zimmerman wasn't white. The media assumed he was because his last name is German or sometimes Jewish. Zimmerman was mixed and part Peruvian. That lead to the agenda driven media then calling him "white-Hispanic." If his name was Jorge Lopez, this case would have not gone to a special prosecutor.
2. By all accounts, Zimmerman didn't have a racist bone in his body. He mentored blacks. He and his wife took two black kids in his home who had no place to go. He took a black girl to prom. That doesn't fit the media created narrative. Some media outlets and Nancy (Dis)Grace said that he said "F'ing coons." Outside of actual raccoons, I haven't heard that term in 25+ years, and that was on an old 50's era TV show. Who the hell says that anymore? The prosecution then said that he said "punks" instead. Punks were referring to those who were breaking into the homes. NBC also altered the 9/11 tape making it sound like Zimmerman thought Martin was suspicious because he was black. They are now facing a defamation lawsuit. The media did everything in their power for a conviction and can't handle the fact that they didn't get their way. TS.
3. This was not a stand your ground case. This was a strictly self-defense case. Zimmerman waived the stand your ground hearing. Those that blame Stand Your Ground are those who are following the media narrative and divorced from reality. Zimmerman was already on the ground when he fired.
4. The evidence showed that Martin threw the first punch and that Martin was on top of Zimmerman slamming his head on the concrete sidewalk for 45 seconds before he was shot. The evidence also showed a 4 minute gap where Martin could have gotten out of there. He didn't go home. He had a lot of time to avoid a confrontation. It didn't happen. I can speculate to reasons, but I'm not going to do that here because they aren't proven, much like the prosecutions case (which wasn't just not proven but disproven).
You now have the police, original state attorney (Wolfinger), and now a jury all agree that no crime was committed.
Was Zimmerman guilty of anything? I'd say bad judgment, but certainly not criminal conduct. He probably should not have gotten out of his car. There's also nothing illegal about getting out of his car, nor following Martin (unless he chased him down and attacked - and the evidence did not show that). This wasn't murder, or even close to murder II (Depraved heart). There was certainly reasonable doubt for manslaughter as well. The prosecution even tried to sneak in murder III/Child abuse as a kitchen sink attempt at the end. Even the prosecution friendly judge said no to that.
The prosecution hid evidence and did not cooperate in discovery. O'Mara said that he's never filed motions to sanction the prosecution teams in his career. He's filed six of them. It took 6 months to get Zimmerman's injuries. He didn't have enough time to get the evidence on the cell phone which he got right before trial. This was the type of stuff Nifong did. After the trial, Corey still called Zimmerman a murderer, which is unprofessional as an attorney to say the least (and actionable). The evidence hiding and disrespect for the verdict by the state attorney is absolutely reprehensible and is the worst part of this whole case. This wasn't about justice. This was about a politician as state attorney trying to make a name for herself.
Some are trying to make this a "Republican" vs "democrat" thing. This
ain't it. While Holder and Obama suck, they just ran their mouths. I'll
turn my attention on them if Holder announces BS Civil Rights charges
and puts on another thinly disguised "double jeopardy" show trial. Al
Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are who they are, but only have power because
guilty white people cave into them. The real powers were AG Pam Bondi,
who appointed Angela Corey, and Corey herself who decided to bring the
I also find it "coincidental" that Angela Corey filed this charges
(without a grand jury) about a week before her election. What
timing...... Corey needs to be removed from office by any legal means
necessary. I don't know Florida law, but if she can be recalled by the
people in her Jacksonville based district, she needs to be gone. At
worst, she needs to lose re-election and then be disciplined by the Florida Bar. How many
people got the same treatment Zimmerman did with less media attention? If these supposed "civil rights" activists want to find some real wrongs, they need to look and see other cases brought forth from Corey's office.
In order to restore faith in the justice system, there needs to be repercussions against the agenda drivers behind this. NBC needs a defamation lawsuit as does Nancy (dis)Grace. Angela Corey needs to be fired at minimum.
If that doesn't happen, then the lesson is that the justice system - at least in Florida - can not be counted on when needed. If the justice system becomes solely a "politically correct" justice system, then people will start going around the system with the return of frontier justice. That will lead to a Pandora's box of trouble.
Not guilty. Don West said that prevents this tragedy from being a travesty, but the travesty is that this railroading was attempted in the first place.