I have no clue whether George Zimmerman should have been acquitted. Honestly, do you?

I have no idea whether George Zimmerman should have been acquitted of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

I wasn’t there that fateful night. And I didn’t sit through the entire trial and sift through all the evidence.

Therefore, I prefer to give the jury the benefit of the doubt … that those six women bound by the constraints of the evidence and Florida’s gun laws rendered the only verdict they could.

The trial, of course, became an emotional lightning rod illuminating the racial divide in America.

As men wiser than me have noted, when race enters the conversation, reason frequently exits.

Granted, one may prudently ask in a time when interracial marriage and coupling are prevalent, why do we still have a racial divide?

There were multiple factors, of course, that turned this case into a firestorm of a focal point.

For starters, the interpretation of whether the verdict was just or unjust seems blinded, to a degree, by perceptions and prejudices.

Also, both the prosecution and the defense were over dramatic, playing to the cameras instead of the jury.

The prosecution, which is not receiving rave reviews, overplayed its hand in portraying Zimmerman as a hate-filled racist, perhaps because there wasn’t enough evidence to hang wash on, let alone a show trial.

The defense overplayed its hand in casting Martin as a dark and brooding thug hiding in the shadows and waiting to pounce on Zimmerman.

And the media was totally guilty of hyping the melodrama.

The shooting death of an unarmed 17-year-old is a tragedy.

And while found not guilty, what is to become of Zimmerman, a man marked for life?

And what now for our judicial system? Did the erosion spawned by the remorseless scrutiny of a trial considered a travesty by many leave our courts naked with nowhere to hide?

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2 thoughts on “I have no clue whether George Zimmerman should have been acquitted. Honestly, do you?

  1. Murray says:

    Evidently there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him. Therefore, he should have been acquitted. Sometimes things are that simple, Zeke.

  2. Tim Antosy says:

    One of the things about these cases that really bother me and I really have no idea how this country allowed this procedure to happen. I guess the slimy lawyers paid off enough people. What I am referring too is this. As in the OJ Simpson trial and the trial of the Florida girl who was accused of killing her daughter and now the Zimmerman case. All these individuals have been found innocent. The American public may not like it, but they were found innocent. However even though they are innocent in these murder cases they still can be sued for unlawful death. What is wrong with this picture. In this country when you are innocent that should be the end of the whole thing. George Zimmerman may be hated by half of America, but he is innocent and should be treated that way, as an innocent man. I don’t like it either. I think he was guilty, but it doesn’t matter what I think, or anyone else!

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