KERN: Zimmerman trial makes case against pure democracy

The jury acquitted George Zimmerman, despite the efforts of the media, mobs, the judge and the president. That's a good thing. Photo: AP

SANFORD, Fla., July 14, 2013 — Despite the best efforts of the U.S. Department of Justice, Forida State Attorney Angela Corey, Judge Debra Newman, the media, the mob, and President Obama himself, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of the original charge of second degree murder, and of the last-minute, surprise desperation charge of manslaughter.

Who’d have thought that six women, five of them mothers, would look past their natural emotional identification with Trayvon Martin’s grieving mom, and examine what facts the judge would allow into evidence, and find what was an obvious, though sad, conclusion of self defense? Well, these six strong women did, and the evidence prevailed over emotion.


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No one is happy that Trayvon Martin died that February night; but that sadness would not be assuaged by the punishment of a man who was defending himself. Justice, difficult as it is sometimes, must prevail.

And that seems to fly in the face of those who want democracy in all things. Those who are led by race-baiters, knee jerks, the media, and President Obama.

The crime was first reported as a white man who shot an unarmed black boy. Then, when Zimmerman was a little better-known and wasn’t the white Nazi originally portrayed, he was called a “white Hispanic,” whatever that is. As long as the media could paint Zimmerman as a “white” something, the “white on black murder” scenario could continue. And it did.

Mark O’Mara, defense attorney, said in a press conference immediately after the verdict, “You took a story that was fed to you, and you ran with it.” It was much worse than that.


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NBC did its best to convict Zimmerman early on, by cutting and pasting the 911 tape, to make it look like Zimmerman was following Martin because he was black. A couple of people got fired for that, but the damage was done.

The media consistently used Martin’s photo as a hoodie-clad 12-year-old, and Zimmerman’s mug shot. Bias? Why not use some of Martin’s own photos, showing him at 17 years and in the action poses he reportedly liked?

Outsiders chimed in their support of Trayvon, in various ways. Before the trial, Spike Lee sent a Tweet to his 240,000+ followers with George Zimmerman’s home address. Oops – he had it wrong, and the elderly couple who lived there was scared spitless.

Even Beyoncé went for the publicity. After the verdict, she asked for a moment of silence during her concert, and then sang the chorus from “I will always love you,” in tribute to Trayvon. She didn’t say what her plans were, should Zimmerman have been convicted.


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The official circus was more-important. When the Seminole County Sheriff looked into the shooting, he agreed with Sanford City Police, determined that it was in self defense, and left Zimmerman alone. But the race-baiters and media wouldn’t. They applied political pressure, to get their revenge and to keep racial divisions strong, for their own political gain and to preserve the conflict on which racial politics thrives.

Sanford’s Chief of Police, Bill Lee, was fired for not arresting Zimmerman, and for citing the Fourth Amendment. In a CNN interview, Lee said, “The evidence and testimony that we had didn’t get us to probable cause.” Still, he was pressured again and again by Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte to make an arrest. CNN reported that Lee “was at one point told by a City Commissioner, ‘We just want an arrest.’” Bonaparte is black; Lee is white. Not that it matters.

Bonaparte also got involved in the clouding of evidence. When Trayvon’s family was invited to hear the 911 calls, he ignored procedure and common sense and had them all listen to the tapes, together. The result was a consensus among family members that the famous screams in the background were Trayvon’s; had individuals been questioned separately, as the standard police procedure would dictate, their testimonies may have been more convincing. So, Bonaparte’s attempt at stacking the deck actually worked against his own purpose.

Eric Holder’s Justice Department reportedly used public funds to bus protestors to Sanford to urge an arrest and prosecution. Such pressure got the soft governor of Florida to appoint a special prosecutor, Angela Corey.

Judge Debra Nelson did her best at every turn to tilt Lady Justice’s scales to a conviction, any conviction. She limited the defense’s evidence, their questioning, their witnesses; and ultimately she threw in the possibility of a conviction of manslaughter as an option, a charge even the prosecution knew was an impossible stretch. They had to convict Zimmerman of something; it was expected.

The jury wasn’t informed that the penalty for manslaughter is nearly as tough as that for second-degree murder. This desperation move by the judge exposed her wish for conviction — for something, anything that would get the political monkey off her back.

And even cooperating with the court, telling the truth but venturing outside the official, politically-correct script, was touching the third rail. In June, Ben Kruidbos, the IT director at Angela Corey‘s office, was subpoenaed and sworn to tell the truth. He was soon fired after his testimony indicated that the prosecution team withheld information from Zimmerman’s defense during pretrial prep.

Half an hour after the jury rendered its verdict, Corey said, “We believe we brought out the truth on behalf of Trayvon Martin.” That wasn’t what the case was about. Her job was to bring out the truth on behalf of the State of Florida. She didn’t represent Martin — that’s a civil action; but her talk casts light on her underlying political purpose.

Now, the NAACP is conspiring with Eric Holder’s Department of Justice to bring civil rights charges against Zimmerman. The most-serious charge that could be brought carries a possible death penalty. Zimmerman shouldn’t be convicted in this witch hunt, either, but Holder has a long-standing reputation as a racist. He is partisan, beholden to his own ideas of justice, and unencumbered by any law except his own preference and the preference of his boss, who said last year, “If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon.”

Post-verdict demonstrations in Florida, California, and elsewhere had the crowds calling for “justice,” many of them, interestingly, carrying pre-printed signs. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network (which contends that blacks are over-represented in our prisons because of racism) helped organize a Chicago crowd that shouted, “No justice, no peace,” a not-subtle threat of mob violence. “Justice” is not what they want; they want mob rule, trial by media, revenge their way.

And that’s another example of why pure democracy — mob rule — is still a bad idea, and why we have a representative government — if we can keep it.


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Tim Kern

Tim Kern taught economics for fifteen years, and discovered that understanding life is easy; it’s recognizing reality that takes practice. He holds a music degree, and later earned an MBA in finance from Northwestern University. He has lived across the US, and now makes his home in Anderson, Indiana.

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