Martin lawyer Jasmine Rand says she has 'duty' to be 'social engineer'

Rand speaks about her ideas of justice in an interview with Greta Van Susteren. Photo: Trayvon Martin

FLORIDA, July 16, 2013 — On Saturday night, an all-female six-member jury in the central Florida port city of Sanford acquitted neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Nonetheless, many pro-Trayvon Martin activists maintain that Zimmerman is not only guilty of racially profiling Martin, but murdering him. 

“We’re still obviously disappointed at the outcome of not guilty, and I’d like to point out that not guilty does not necessarily mean that George Zimmerman was innocent, and we still maintain that position,” said Trayvon Martin family attorney Jasmine Rand on Fox News host Greta Van Susteren’s program last night.

After mentioning that the Martin family still hopes to attain justice for the shooting, Van Susteren questioned what this means. 

“(T)he prosecution picked that jury with the defense, the prosecution agreed to that jury with the defense, the jury heard all the evidence, the prosecution didn’t get shut down for presenting any evidence as far as I know, and the jury then decided the case, and everybody was happy with that jury, and then suddenly, after the jury renders its verdict, suddenly everyone’s dissatisfied, or at least not everyone, but some are dissatisfied with the jury as though they did a lousy job or heard a different trial or didn’t listen to the case,” Van Susteren pointed out. 

She then asked: “What happened? You liked the jury in the beginning.”

Rand went on to give a highly charged answer, claiming that the Martin legal team never declared satisfaction with the jury, among other things. After being confronted on inconsistencies in her statements and more, Rand admitted something truly startling.

“I have a greater duty beyond being an attorney, and that’s to be a social engineer,” Rand declared. She went on to expound on the ideas of, essentially, civil protest. 

Van Susteren was not supportive of the above remark. She mentioned that “(t)his social engineering, I don’t know, that’s more like social manipulation.”

“Just like Miami-Dade School Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho; Just like Miami-Dade School Police Chief Charles Hurley; Just like DOJ Attorney General, Eric Holder, and just like President Obama, former community organizer, the greater goal “beyond the law” is to be a social engineer,” opines Sundance of The Conservative Tree House, a widely-read blog which has provided detailed coverage of the Martin shooting’s aftermath.

He continues: “What more can be said?   We are not a nation of laws, we are now a nation of social engineers – so sayeth the constructionists. No wonder the exhibited Justice for Trayvon means take to the streets and attack your adversary, coast to coast.”


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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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