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Thomas Lucente: In the end, justice system worked


August 24. 2013 5:20PM
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The justice system worked. Sort of.


Yes, the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial reached the correct verdict.


Where the system failed, however, was in bringing charges in the first place.


Thanks to a media feeding frenzy, a simple self-defense shooting in Florida turned into a national disgrace as liberal “journalists” did everything they could, including falsifying 911 call audio, to make it appear as race somehow was a factor in the shooting. Then, irresponsible prosecutors, for political reasons rather than legal ones, charged Zimmerman with the ludicrous charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.


It is telling that special prosecutor Angela Corey chose not to go to a grand jury. It has been said that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. This case was so weak, though, Corey probably feared even a grand jury would fail to indict.


Now, as a coup de grâce to an already damaged justice system, President Barack “My Son Would Look Like Trayvon” Obama, through his henchman, Eric Holder, is now considering filling federal civil rights or hate crime charges against Zimmerman. This administration didn’t care that four U.S. diplomats were killed in Libya, but it suddenly cares that some thug in Florida was shot while beating a man to death?


The national media, for their part, have reached a new low. Even putting aside the edited 911 audio and the silly notion of a “white Hispanic,” their behavior was disgusting.


They irresponsibly stoked a racial divide that is mostly manufactured by the media and so-called black leaders.


Then they repeated false information such as the notion that Florida’s Stand Your Ground law was the problem.


This was not a Stand Your Ground case but a run-of-the-mill self-defense claim. With Martin on top of Zimmerman in the process of beating him to death, Zimmerman had no opportunity to retreat so he was permitted to use lethal force without the Stand Your Ground law.


But the biggest claim by the media and those who make a living out of spreading hate — i.e., Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People — is that this was somehow about race. That the only reason Martin is dead was because he was black.


Nonsense. I don’t even understand how anyone can make such a silly claim with a straight face.


At no time did Zimmerman make a racist comment on the 911 audio. In fact, from the recording it is apparent that Zimmerman was not even sure Martin was black. Zimmerman himself is from a mixed-race family and interviews with his friends and family verified that he was not a racist.


In other propoganda, the media try to characterize Martin as “an unarmed kid.”


That, too, is laughable. He was a healthy 17 years old. The prisons are full of 17-year-old killers. Nor was he an innocent child, as the media tried to portray by showing photos of a 14-year-old Martin rather than the later gangsta wannabe 17-year-old marijuana smoker who loved guns and fighting and who was serving a school suspension at the time of his death. His mother had even kicked him out of the house and made him go live with his father.


Martin was no innocent and the wounds to Zimmerman prove that.


In the end, Zimmerman walked, as he should have.


Those criticizing the verdict do so on using emotional rather than logical reasons. They say Zimmerman should not have had a gun. Yet, he was legally allowed to have one.


They say the cops told him not to follow Martin. Yet, if you listen to the audio, the dispatcher kept asking him questions that he could only answer by following him.


Did Zimmerman profile Martin? Probably. And rightly so. Young black males commit a disproportionate amount of crime. That is a fact. It is only common sense, then, for people to be more suspicious of young black males. That is not racism, that is simply a reality of life in 21st century America.


Yes, if Zimmerman were not carrying a gun or if he had stayed in his truck, Martin would still be alive today. That Zimmerman did those things, however, does not make him guilty of a crime. At worst, he was simply guilty of poor judgment.


The only thing that really matters, from a legal perspective, is that Martin and Zimmerman fought and Zimmerman, based on his injuries, legitimately feared for his life. The only question remaining was, who threw the first punch. Prosecutors, because they had no evidence to show that Zimmerman started the fight, should never have charged him with a crime.


The law does not guarantee a satisfactory outcome, only a fair one. And that is exactly what we received in Florida on July 13. A fair outcome.




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