LOS ANGELES, April 5, 2012 — Is it about who you know? Or what you know?
Robert Zimmerman, George Zimmerman’s father, was a magistrate in the Virginia court system from 2000 until 2006. That is, he was a judicial officer, but not a judge and without trial jurisdiction. A question being asked is, did Robert Zimmerman use his position to help his son get out of earlier scrapes with the law? Did his father’s former position and privilege cause George Zimmerman, the alleged killer of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, to feel entitled to use deadly force as a matter of discretion?
This is a relatively new question in internet discussions, joining questions about racial motivation and Sanford police procedure. When Zimmerman killed Martin, was it a random act? If Zimmerman is just a scared police “wannabe,” if race becomes the central issue here, perhaps it is a false flag, steering us into more racial division regardless of Zimmerman’s real motivation.
There’s been ample speculation that Robert Zimmerman used his position to help his son out of prior legal problems, including a 2005 charge of resisting arrest with force. There is no evidence for this, though, and the younger Zimmerman’s problems were in Florida, beyond his father’s jurisdiction. Robert Zimmerman might have known who could help his son and who couldn’t, and he might have helped his son with legal advice, but Florida’s laws are not Virginia’s.
Where there is smoke, we expect fire, but it’s become increasingly difficult in this case to separate truth from fiction, and this smoke adds a layer of confusion to an already highly-charged situation. We can say with some certainty that Robert Zimmerman was knowledgeable about the criminal justice system, but what help he could have been to his son and how much help he actually delivered is a matter of pure speculation.
No one, old or young, innocent or guilty, should ever die from vigilante street justice. True justice comes when, in a court of law, all the facts and evidence have been presented to a jury. Real justice happens when men, women, and children are, as the American legal system proudly proclaims, innocent until proven guilty.
Never the ones to let facts get in the way of doing the bidding of the home office, Orlando’s FOX News channel interviewed Robert Zimmerman. The news crew asked him to speak on what happened the night that his son allegedly tracked down and killed 17-year old Trayvon Martin. The elder Zimmerman threw handfuls of red meat to the racist part of the audience with his replies.
Unfortunately, these same racists will ignore the video released on March 28th, one that shows an at-most lightly injured younger Zimmerman entering the police station. In the video, one can see him with minimal scrapes and bruises, without any of the major wounds that would have certainly resulted from the brutal beating as described by his father. It should be noted as well that the FOX News team never quite gets around to mentioning that the elder Zimmerman is, in fact, a retired Virginia Supreme Court Magistrate, a man who knows his way around the criminal justice system.
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