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Is there no justice for George Zimmerman?

 

Headline from

CNN.com

“George Zimmerman found not guilty

“George Zimmerman never denied shooting Trayvon Martin, but he said he did so in self defense. Late Saturday night, a Florida jury found him not guilty in the teenager’s death.

“The verdict caps a case that has inflamed passions for well over a year, much of it focused on race.”

Between the Lines

Question: Why was this story focused on race for more than a year since it was not about race, and why the emphasis on the “teenager’s” death?

Answer: Because of the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, who have made a career of exploiting race, and because the media gladly joined in the fray. The media were disgraceful in giving only half the story; neither the jury nor the FBI found that race played a part in Trayvon’s tragic death.

Always calling him the “17-year-old Trayvon” or a teenager tainted public perception of the guy. In Texas and several other states, a 17-year-old is considered an adult in the criminal justice system.

Headline from

CBSnews.com

“George Zimmerman verdict: Former neighborhood watch leader not guilty

“Following nearly three weeks of testimony, a jury of six women ... found the neighborhood watch volunteer not guilty of second-degree murder.”

Between the Lines

Surely this was a gut-wrenching decision for “six women,” but how sexist of the prosecution to have used all the emotional stuff during the trial, rather than presenting evidence in support of Martin. Could this also have been because the evidence would not have been in favor of Martin?

Headline from

USAToday.com “Zimmerman verdict renews focus on ‘stand your ground’

“The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the killing of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., raised fresh discussion of ‘stand your ground’ laws.”

Between the Lines

In their desire to use anything available to implement more gun control, the media and certain politicians have jumped on this case. The “stand your ground” law allows people to defend themselves if they are threatened in their home or in a place where they have a legal right to be.

The jury concluded, however, that Trayvon Martin was shot in self-defense. For those who say that Zimmerman should have “stayed in his truck,” Zimmerman had as much right to be walking in that neighborhood on that night, as did Martin. Still, gun-control advocates would be only too happy to see “stand your ground” repealed.

Headline from

Cowboybyte.com

“Obama on verdict: We’re a ‘nation of laws and a jury has spoken’

“... I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher,” President Obama said.

Between the Lines

After the acquittal, Obama asked “every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.” But there was no apology to Zimmerman and his family for what they have had to endure.

 
 
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