George Zimmerman verdict does not matter

George Zimmerman is not guilty. What does it matter? Photo: AP

CHICAGO, July 18, 2013 — We had plenty of time to catch our collective breath over the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case. Now let’s ask the most important question: What does it matter now?

I does not matter at all. It is irrelevant.

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The American system of justice is based on protecting the rights of the accused. It guarantees that the accused gets a fair trial. It guarantees accusations will be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

The accused has all the constitutional protections. Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The court of public opinion is just gasbaggery.

George Zimmerman got a fair trial. He was acquitted. If he had been found guilty it would still be irrelevant. It would not matter. That is the American way. That is the right way. There should never be protest or celebration over a trial verdict. Justice is served. Forward.

We do not always have to agree with charges, prosecutions, or verdicts. We must accept them and move on. That is the way our system is designed. Once the trial is over, it is over. It is done. Finished. Get a life.

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All the social, news media, and propaganda lynch mobs are doing an injustice to our justice system. The celebrity preachers, race baiters on both sides, and other political blabber mouths, including politicians and administration officials on fishing expeditions, are doing more harm than good.

If they are trying to further polarize the nation and destroy our constitutional protections, they are doing a good job of it.

Trayvon Martin is no hero of the people. He is no icon or idol to be put on a pedestal and worshipped. He is not, and should not be a symbol of anything. He is not a victim of the justice system.

George Zimmerman is not a hero or villain. Zimmerman is no predatory criminal. From all indications, he is not a racist. He is not and should not be a symbol of anything. A jury merely determined he was not guilty of a criminal act.

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As American citizens, we are all Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. If any of us had a son, he would look like George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin. At any point in time one of us or a member of our family can be put in the same situation. 

To deny George Zimmerman his rights under the justice system is to deny all of us our rights. To continually persecute him, legally and through social media, news media, and propaganda lynch mobs, is to persecute all of us. When accused of a crime, we all have the same rights and protections from persecution.

Zimmerman and Martin are just two ordinary citizens whose lives collided in tragedy. That is all they are. What Zimmerman, Martin, the police, or local prosecutor should have done or could have done can be argued until the rapture. Zimmerman is not guilty. It is time to forgive and forget.

One of the first things lawyers, police officers, and others in the justice system learn is never to be disappointed by a verdict. A verdict or negative appeal decisions should only make people work harder to get it right the next time. They are hard lessons to be learned.

There are questions whether Zimmerman should have even been prosecuted. There is a debate circulating whether Zimmerman was prosecuted or persecuted for pure political purposes. Like any other debate, the evidence will eventually come out one way or the other.

From all indications, the prosecution’s own witnesses sabotaged the case. Good attorneys never ask questions in court that they do not already have an answer to; they do not risk answers that they cannot rebut, refute, or prove wrong by evidence.

The prosecution of Zimmerman left a lot to be desired. Prosecutions are supposed to rely on the best evidence. Opinions are not evidence. Circumstances are not evidence. Sometimes even facts are not evidence, especially if doubt can be cast.  

The Zimmerman trial should be a lesson for all of us. No one should have to surrender their individual rights for the good of the collective. No rights should be denied to assuage tender sensitivities, no matter how ill founded. No rights should be abrogated for purely political reasons.

No ordinary citizen should be targeted for national symbolic lynching in the public square. No victim or criminal should be made into a national symbol of something or other. We are a nation of laws. We are a nation of courts of law. They are the final word.

It is too easy to make the Zimmerman case about race. Racism and racist have lost their meanings. In today’s unconstitutional politically correct and palatable world, anything and everything can be viewed through the eyes of race. This is the insanity we live in. This is the insanity we allow to fester in our society. It is the insanity that can cause the innocent to to be imprisoned and the guilty to walk free.

In the court of public opinion, George Zimmerman was and is guilty until presumed innocent. The court of public opinion is meaningless and irrelevant in the legal courtroom. There is only one kind of criminal justice in America, legal justice. There is no moral or social justice. There is no equal justice. There is only a guarantee the accused will receive a fair trial.

It is time to accept the verdict. The system worked the way it was designed to. It is time to stop the lynch mobs and government fishing expeditions. It is time to move on. Forward. None of it matters. Citizen Zimmerman, no better or worse than the rest of us, got the justice he deserved.

That is the American way.

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Peter Bella is a retired Chicago Police Officer, freelance photographer, freelance writer, budding videographer, and passionate cook.  He aims to be the sharp stick that pokes and annoys.  The Middle Class Guy is a political column written from a center-right point of view.  While concentrating mainly on politics he will stray into culture, entertainment, sports, cooking, and humor from time to time, along with Memories of things Pabst.  All from a middle class perspective.

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