Monday, July 15, 2013

Post-verdict Thoughts on the Zimmerman Case

Like most rational people, I was relieved to see the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.  But . . .

As if the prosecution did not dig low enough during the trial, they dug deeper in their post-verdict press conference.  Instead of being somewhat professional in accepting the verdict, they kept smearing Zimmerman.  Angela Corey even played the race card in doing so:

This case has never been about race. . . .

No, not at all!

. . . nor has it ever been about the right to bear arms. Not in the sense of proving this as a criminal case. But. . .

But I’m going to make it about race.

. . . Trayvon Martin was profiled. There is no doubt that he was profiled to be a criminal. And if race was one of the aspects in George Zimmerman’s mind, then we believe that we put out the proof necessary to show that Zimmerman did profile Trayvon Martin. . . .  

Corey’s conduct throughout this case has been despicable.  And don’t take my word for it.  Alan Dershowitz:

[Angela Corey] submitted an affidavit that was, if not perjurious, completely misleading. She violated all kinds of rules of the profession, and her conduct bordered on criminal conduct. She, by the way, has a horrible reputation in Florida. She’s known for overcharging, she’s known for being highly political. And in this case, of course she overcharged. Halfway through the trial she realized she wasn’t going to get a second degree murder verdict, so she asked for a compromised verdict, for manslaughter. And then, she went even further and said that she was going to charge him with child abuse and felony murder. That was such a stretch that it goes beyond anything professionally responsible. She was among the most irresponsible prosecutors I’ve seen in 50 years of litigating cases, and believe me, I’ve seen good prosecutors, bad prosecutors, but rarely have I seen one as bad as this prosecutor,

Dershowitz also said that the only civil rights charges that should be filed should be filed against her for violating Zimmerman’s civil rights and that she should at least be disbarred.

Speaking of civil rights, although Obama’s Justice Department is investigating George Zimmerman for possible civil rights charges, I do not think anything will come of it.  Eric Holder and company have no case.  And filing federal charges against Zimmerman would be politically toxic for Obama and Democrats.  The backlash and outrage would be Hell to pay.  Obama and Holder are not that stupid. . . .  Are they?

In any case, I expect them to try to please most people and say they looked at going after Zimmerman, but that charges are unlikely to succeed.  The nice part of me hopes for that for Zimmerman’s sake, and because bringing additional charges would be flat wrong.  But the not-so-nice part of me wants to watch Obama and Holder self-destruct.

But I do not think the Feds should even be allowed to file charges in this case.  Nor do I think a civil lawsuit should be allowed.  I firmly believe that no person should be tried or sued more than once for the same alleged act, period.  It’s not for nothing that the Constitution disallows double jeopardy.  Yet de facto double jeopardy is rampant in this country.

(And, yes, I know Fed charges or a lawsuit would not technically be double jeopardy under today’s corrupted law.  But it would be double jeopardy in spirit, and it would be wrong.  And, also yes, I thought the civil lawsuit against O. J. was wrong.)

But I do hope Zimmerman succeeds in a lawsuit against NBC.  They and the rest of the “mainstream” news media have a lot of answer for in this case . . . a lot.

Finally, a sad note.   Many of those who would have been in danger from lynch mobs 100 years ago have become the lynch mobs themselves. 

Sad indeed.

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