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The Zimmerman case in a nutshell

And William Saletan Slate articulates it:

The problem at the core of this case wasn’t race or guns. The problem was assumption, misperception, and overreaction. And that cycle hasn’t ended with the verdict. It has escalated.

I almost joined the frenzy. Yesterday I was going to write that Zimmerman pursued Martin against police instructions and illustrated the perils of racial profiling. But I hadn’t followed the case in detail. So I sat down and watched the closing arguments: nearly seven hours of video in which the prosecution and defense went point by point through the evidence as it had been hashed out at the trial. Based on what I learned from the videos, I did some further reading.

It turned out I had been wrong about many things. The initial portrait of Zimmerman as a racist wasn’t just exaggerated. It was completely unsubstantiated. It’s a case study in how the same kind of bias that causes racism can cause unwarranted allegations of racism. Some of the people Zimmerman had reported as suspicious were black men, so he was a racist. Members of his family seemed racist, so he was a racist. Everybody knew he was a racist, so his recorded words were misheard as racial slurs, proving again that he was a racist.

His summary is very on point.  This entire shameful episode has been both media and politically driven.  It has never been about justice.  Never.  It has been an attempt at a high-tech lynching, based on rumor, innuendo, false reporting, political pressure and misrepresentation.

Shameful doesn’t even begin to describe it.  And now, as Saletan points out, the same groups who caused this travesty to reach the point of a trial, have now doubled down on getting George Zimmerman in other ways despite an outright acquittal on all charges related to the killing of Trayvon Martin. 

Saletan makes the point that the case was more about a series of mistakes leading to a confrontation that should have never happened and, on Martin’s side an attack that was unwarranted.  As hard as the usual suspects have tried to make it about race and racism, their attempts have failed at every turn.  The facts simply don’t support the premise at all. 

And the overreaction continues as ill-informed groups riot (more to grab a TV at Wal-Mart in some cases than to protest the verdict) egged on by a media who has all but excused rioters for their action by subtly sending the message that the Zimmerman acquittal justifies their actions.

Meanwhile, the overreactive beat goes on:

The grievance industrial complex is pushing the Department of Justice to prosecute Zimmerman for bias-motivated killing, based on evidence that didn’t even support a conviction for unpremeditated killing.

Truly amazing but not surprising. 

We can only hope that someday sanity will again prevail in this great nation of ours.

~McQ

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56 Responses to The Zimmerman case in a nutshell

  • http://legalinsurrection.com/wp-content/themes/legal/images/li_bannerText.png
    If you want some great coverage of the whole thing, read the MANY links you’ll find under that blog.
    (A lot of Rags comment, too…!!!)

  • What no one in the media, or elsewhere will mention is that Martin began the assault against Zimmerman without cause “Zimmerman was not showing, holding or threatening Martin with a weapon”. Only after the assault on his person from Martin did Zimmerman use the weapon, self defense… Martin had every right to keep on walking away or to confront Zimmerman to determine why he was observing his movements, his choice to assault Zimmerman without cause proved to be in poor judgment. Too often, black people men attack others with no fear of the possible consequences, this time, the boy paid with his life…

    • Martin suffered from a terminal case of stupidity.
      This happens a lot with youthful idiots who have more muscles than brains.  Often in single vehicle car accidents.
      Trayvon and his supporters also seem to think that it’s perfectly fine to up and attack somebody who may be bothering you.
      If this was true, there would be blood running in the streets day and night, 24/7, especially on our highways.

      • Update:  it seems that Trayvon’s friend, Jeantel, has indicated that Trayvon thought that Zimmerman must be some kind of “gay rapist” so Trayvon decided to let loose with a little wipass on his gay stalker.
        To think, if Trayvon had been a little less homophobic, he would probably be alive today, in a jail cell some where.

    • Youtube videos abound with this stuff. World Star Hip Hop.

  • And the overreaction continues as ill-informed groups riot
    >>>> Do they look like Obama’s son would look like?

    Instapundit makes the point often – this was merely about riling up the base for the election. Zimmerman – like the filmmaker Nakoula (remember him???) is merely a bit of collateral damage

  • Our real problem is white rage: For all the warnings about supposed black riots, don’t forget who exploded throughout the George Zimmerman affair
    Here we get a Black reporter for Salon.com racially profiling White folks
    And on the other end, the prosecutor drops the last potential Black (male) juror because he watches FoxNews .. good Lord, we can’t have that …

    COSTELLO: Although if I remember correctly one of the prosecutors struck a black, a potential black juror from the jury.
    MICHAEL SKOLNICK, POLITICAL DIRECTOR TO RUSSELL SIMMONS, CO-PRESIDENT GLOBALGRIND.COM: Yeah, he was also, I was just, he was also a Fox News watcher. So that was, you know, problematic for the prosecution.

    And, last night, the prosecution’s star witness, Jeantel (the Gabby Johnson of our time, see “Blazing Saddles”) tells us in “authentic modern-day gibberish” that the “n-word” with a suffix of “a” isn’t racist.
    This hosre-sh*t is so deep that maybe it isn’t worth trying to fix any more.

    • This hosre-sh*t is so deep that maybe it isn’t worth trying to fix any more.

      It ISN’T FIXABLE!
      Public “education” is overwhelmed by the likes of Erb and the sh&tb&gs on the Atlanta School Board. It’s not that they are indoctrinated, or even “dumbed down”, they are DELIBERATELY mentally stunted to have the thought capacity and method of lower animals.

      • But really,  did you know that the “n-word” with a suffix of “a” isn’t racist ? Show of hands .. don’t be bashful.

        • Apparently, it is racist if done by an “adult” or if you’re “white”  (that doesn’t sound very inclusive)

        • I’ve known several years, my sons informed me of the difference when they were in high school.  Although they told me that no matter how they said it, as whites they weren’t allowed to use it.

  • Brilliant summary here.

    “George Zimmerman wanted to to be a cop. Trayvon Martin wanted to be a hood. It’s quite possible that Martin got no closer to his ambition than Zimmerman got to his. Both men were just going through the motions on the edge of a game of cops-and-robbers that suddenly turned deadly real. And even in a country where the thug tops the entertainment heap, the vulnerable parts of the middle class have more sympathy for aspiring cops than for aspiring thugs.”

    •  
      Zimmerman actually exceeded the best behavior commonly expected of police officers in one respect.  He saw one shot seemed to have halted the threat and he did not merely empty his magazine.
       
       
      It is also more than contentious to claim he or any one else in a neighborhood watch program  is trying to be a cop.  There is no evidence he intended to apprehend Martin .  he wanted to be able to save the 911 operator where he was and were Martin.  that is the only conclusion that the evidence we have can lead to.
       

      • save should be say to. voice to text is far from perfect.
         

      • There is no evidence he intended to apprehend Martin .  he wanted to be able to save the 911 operator where he was and were Martin.  that is the only conclusion that the evidence we have can lead to.

        If we can’t check out OUR neighborhoods, then we, by default, surrender said neighborhoods to the thugs like Trayvon and his ilk.
        Actually, we’ve been doing that for a couple generations.

  • After last night’s appearance by Rachel Jeantel on CNN, we know why Trayvon didn’t simply go home and watch the NBA All Star game; he is a homophobe who thought Zimmerman was stalking for sexual purposes, so he turned around and went back some 60 yards to put some ‘whuppass’ (Jeantel’s word, as told to Piers Morgan) on the ‘creepy ass cracka’
    She was as clear as could be last night, talking about Zimmerman as a potential rapist; ‘For every boy, every man who isn’t that kind of way. See a grown man following them, would they be creep out?’

  • The legacy of this case will be that the media never gets it right, and worse, that a group of lawyers, with the aid of a public relations team, who had a financial stake in the outcome of pending and anticipated civil litigation, were allowed to commandeer control of Florida’s criminal justice system, in pursuit of a divisive, personal agenda.
    Their transformation of a tragic but spontaneous shooting into the crime of the century, and their relentless demonization of the person they deemed responsible, not for a tragic killing, but for “cold-blooded murder,” has called into question the political motives and ethics of the officials serving in the Executive branch of Florida’s government, ruined the career of other public officials, turned the lives of the Zimmerman family, who are as innocent as their grieving clients, into a nightmare, and along the way, set back any chance of a rational discussion of the very cause they were promoting, probably for years. . . .
    http://www.talkleft.com/story/2013/7/14/145748/759/Colo_News/The-Legacy-of-the-George-Zimmerman-Trial

    The media created a myth…or several myths…around this case.
    And many, many people are so stupid, or hateful, or aggrandized, they prefer the myths to reality.
    Obama and Holder are among that group.  Remember, Obama made himself the associate of the WRONG Rev. Wright, by choice repeated every Sunday.  At least.
     

    • And many, many people are so stupid, or hateful, or aggrandized, they prefer the myths to reality.

      In our current “no consequences” model of society, they pay no price for doing so. So why not believe in myths?
      Suppose you are, say, a not-very-bright leftie academic. You can believe the most preposterous things – that markets don’t adjust themselves, that you are smarter than almost all the people you talk to, that you understand quantum physics – and you will suffer no consequences for your delusions. Your college paycheck will (for now) continue to roll into your bank account. You’re not going to suffer hunger, or sleep shivering in the cold in winter, or anything else that tells your mind firmly that it is *wrong* about something.
      In our society as it stands, some large fraction, approaching or perhaps exceeding one half, are free riders. They produce nothing consequential of value, and they have some way of getting money to live on that is effectively an entitlement. It might be government benefits; it might a salary at a government job where they don’t do anything worthwhile and are unlikely ever to be fired.
      It doesn’t matter what they believe – that money is going to keep flowing to them. So why not believe comfortable myths over harsh reality? Especially when promoting those myths makes it ever easier for them to get away with their free riding?

  • I’ll say here exactly what I said after the OJ Simpson trial.  I do not want to be an arm chair juror – we have a judicial process and we should accept the outcome. I have no clue what the facts of the case really are, but I trust our jury system to determine whether it is appropriate to convict someone.

    • I’ll say here exactly what I said after the OJ Simpson trial: this thread should be all about me, because I understand everything so much better than you dense righties.

      I have no clue what the facts of the case really are. It’s all legal stuff, and besides it’s about brown people I really don’t care about. And since it’s not about quantum physics or something equally impressive sounding, my valuable time just can’t be spent on such minutia.

      But I trust our jury system to determine whether it is appropriate to convict someone. That’s the way it always works on TV. Besides, I put that OJ thing out there to troll you guys and get a long, engaged discussion going about race and stuff that only people with godlike powers of political science understand. Don’t you want to take the bait? Please?

      It’s all for good discussion, and not at all because I have a monkey on my back to find somebody to lecture down to so that I can put those feelings of inadequacy in the back of my mind. My new girlfriend says I’m not at all inadequate. And she assures me that having my wife kick me out for being inadequate at everything from home repair to parenting to sexual gratification was totally uncalled for. LOL. {giggle}

      She also loves it that I’m so spiritual. In a non-religious way, of course. It’s about the quantum mysteries of the universe and how it all connects us and stuff like that which you materialist righties can’t possibly understand. And don’t start about how spiritual people are mediocrities and cowards who can’t face reality. It’s not true! I face reality every day, right here on my college campus. It’s a dream life, marred only by the giant magenta caterpillars with Sarah Palin’s face, ample bosom, and naughty librarian glasses. And I have those under control. Mostly. {chuckle}

      So why don’t you guys engage me as an equal, participating in fruitful engagement that would be engaging for all concerned. I’m actually closer to you than most Democrats, you know. Stop laughing! I am! Why, compared to others in the faculty lounge, I’m the only one who can stand to talk to you! Which I do for your own edification and engagement, of course, and not to fulfill any psychological cravings for boosting my self-worth, so stop saying that. No, I do it as a pure public service. Stop laughing, I said! You sound like hyenas!

      • Erp is such a public service station.  Kinda like a rest stop in a long stretch of desert.  And he smells a lot the same, too.
        Spiritually speaking, of course…

    • Empty.

    • I have no clue

      >>> Truest thing you’ve ever said in your miserable waste of a life

    • I do not want to be an arm chair juror – we have a judicial process and we should accept the outcome.

      That’s a switch. Like, 180 degrees.
      Of course, the case in question is the ultimate NO-BRAINER.

    • So what’s your opinion of the DOJ, another neutral agency, funding pro-Trayvon rallies? Just part of the impartial judicial system or is the blindfold slipping and a finger on the scales of Justice.

      • Or their ‘accuse George Zimmerman of something, anything” Hotline….
         
        I gather the sequester didn’t prohibit wasting money on trying to get some actionable dirt on Zimmerman.

    • “I do not want to be an arm chair juror”

      Then why the hell did you open your cake-hole?  You could have kept quiet by not even posting. No one here cares what you think, especially when you have no thoughts.

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  • I have no clue


    Perhaps the most accurate thing you’ve ever posted here

  • If a skinhead had attacked a gay guy in the same situation and the gay guy shot him, every pro-Trayvon person would hail the gay guy as a hero…even if the gay guy was following the skinhead and the skinhead only had some skittles and tea.  Its become tribal. Very scary.

    • During the 2008 election, 70% of black voters voted for Proposition 8, to oppose same-sex marriage.  I suspect many people who took a knee-jerk position against Zimmerman would have little to no interest in a scenario involving a homosexual.

  • Saletan makes the point that the case was more about a series of mistakes leading to a confrontation that should have never happened

    Don’t we get enough of the relativistic BS from the left?
    What was Zimmerman’s mistake? Joining a Neighborhood watch program? Doing what he volunteered to do?
    Not anticipating that a thug would not only burgle a house, but commit attempted murder as well?
    Hey, let’s just leave our neighborhood to the thugs, cower inside, and watch Obama speeches on MSNBC, and hope that all the crap goes away. Someday.

    • When you are no longer able to defend yourself or face punitive measures if you do,  Appeasement seems like the only option left.  And appeasement means more money and power for the left and bigger government.
       
      It isn’t just hyper pandering to a race.  It has an ulterior purpose.  Every special interest group scooped up by the Marxist inspired Democrats is a tool to move us toward the leftist utopia to the useful idiots and a tool for full control for those really leading that movement.

    • What was Zimmerman’s mistake?

      He thought an unarmed teenager was “up to no good” when the evidence shows that Martin was, on the night of the shooting, not engaged in anything untoward.  Had Zimmerman known that Martin’s family lived there, had he known that the teenager was not committing crimes, he could have gone on his way and his life would not be the hell it is today.  And, Martin would not be dead over a misunderstanding.

      Not anticipating that a thug would not only burgle a house, but commit attempted murder as well?

      What house was Martin burglarizing on the night he died?  Did the police find any tools or loot on his body?
      And, if the state could not prove Zimmerman was guilty of a crime, do you think they could prove that Martin intended to kill Zimmerman, if both had survived the fight?
      I don’t think it is “relativistic BS” to state that Zimmerman, like Martin, made mistakes that night and that the confrontation should not have happened.

      Hey, let’s just leave our neighborhood to the thugs….

      That neighborhood was Trayvon Martin’s neighborhood just as much as it was George Zimmerman’s.  And, on the night of his death, he was not engaged in thug behavior.
      If you take it upon yourself to protect your home and your neighbors from thugs, it is your responsibility to see to it that you don’t end up doing harm to people who are not thugs.

      • He thought an unarmed teenager was “up to no good” when the evidence shows that Martin was, on the night of the shooting, not engaged in anything untoward.

        The evidence (at least from a testimony standpoint) indicates he was casing houses. That is cross-referenced by his burglary background, and his fear at detection.
        Try again.

        • The evidence (at least from a testimony standpoint) indicates he was casing houses.

          Cite?
          Unless you have some solid evidence, your assertion of the mindset of Martin is as unfounded as those who claim to know that Zimmerman’s mindset was malevolent and racist.

          That is cross-referenced by his burglary background, and his fear at detection.

          Fear?  Again, you’re playing mind reader and asserting things you can’t know.  Also, I’ve read about one incident in which he was found to be carrying jewelry and a screwdriver.  Is that your basis for asserting a “burglary background”?  If he had robbed a place near his school, or been an accomplice to the person who actually did, how does that make the case that he was going to $hit where he ate, robbing a close neighbor of his family?
          You’re tossing around wild speculation, just like the a$$holes calling Zimmerman a racist.

      • Wrong.  The neighborhood wasn’t Trayvon’s.  And maybe you should read up on just how badly the hoods and gangbangers had been scaring the crap out of the people in that hood. http://neoneocon.com/2013/07/17/racism-and-paranoia-something-about-the-zimmerman-case-continues-to-get-my-goat/
         

        • The neighborhood wasn’t Trayvon’s.

          His family lived there.  He slept there.  He had every right to be there and was not a stranger or an outsider.

      • If you take it upon yourself to protect your home and your neighbors from thugs, it is your responsibility to see to it that you don’t end up doing harm to people who are not thugs.

        Thugs, don’t beat people beat creepy-ass crackers up with sidewalks.
        Have you paid attention or do you just barf back Al Sharpton blather?

        • Thugs, don’t beat people beat creepy-ass crackers up with sidewalks.

          Was Martin beating anyone up when Zimmerman first called police?  Was he bashing anyone the moment Zimmerman decided to get out of his vehicle?
          Zimmerman f*ed up, big time.  He made a mistake thinking that Martin was an outsider who had no valid business being there, when he was actually a resident, albeit part time due to visitation schedule.
          Combine Zimmerman’s mistake with Martin’s mistake and his choice to escalate, and you end up with an unnecessary death.  Nobody should have been hit and nobody should have died that night and if Zimmerman hadn’t misjudged, none of that would have happened.

          Have you paid attention or do you just barf back Al Sharpton blather?

          You’re an idiot.  That comment verges on Erbian inversion of the truth.

  • Trayvon was trying to stand his ground against a “gay pedophile rapist”.
    They should do away with those stand-your-ground laws.
    {off sarc
    Yes, it’s much more fun to let other people not present decide later whether or not you were being beaten enough to justify deadly force….
    Much more fun to judge you should have known you were just getting your ration of whupass and shouldn’t have been in fear for your life.
     
     

    • Trayvon was trying to stand his ground against a ‘gay pedophile rapist’.

      If Martin seriously thought that a man following him intended to sexually assault him, that wouldn’t make him bigoted against homosexuals any more than a woman who feared that a man following her was a lesbian man hater.  I realize it’s kind of fun to bring that up to see the reaction of “liberals” who stupidly judged the case by knee-jerk reaction, but it is a straw man, so it is not something I would seriously put forward.

      • No, I was definitely being sarcastic.
         
        I personally think, that Trayvon didn’t like being followed and intended to turn that around on his follower,  as a 17 year old guy who thinks he’s a bad ass is likely to do.
        I recall the type.
         
        Everyone is talking about what Zimmerman could have done, should have done.
        No one seems to want to discuss what would have happened if Trayvon had proceeded to his residence and gone inside without defending his 17 year old manhood.

        • I personally think, that Trayvon didn’t like being followed and intended to turn that around on his follower,  as a 17 year old guy who thinks he’s a bad ass is likely to do.

          If Martin’s idea of Zimmerman was what the dumb bunny witness suggests, then he would have been justified, under the same principle of self defense, to punch Zimmerman in the nose, but not to straddle him and pummel him.  At that point, it became assault.
          Just as Zimmerman didn’t know Martin had family there, Martin apparently didn’t know Zimmerman was just a neighborhood watchman.

          • Hey! Keep showing your abject ignorance of the law.
            Oh, you might amuse us with your skidmarks trying to rationalize Travon the Thug.
            Dolt!

          • Keep showing your abject ignorance of the law.

            Self defense is based upon the mindset of the defender.  If I think you’re out to do harm to me, that is a positive defense against charges ranging from assault to murder.  As with Zimmerman, the burden would be on the prosecutor to prove that Martin wasn’t actually scared, but had aggressive intent.

            …trying to rationalize Travon the Thug.

            BS.  I explicitly stated that straddling and pummeling Zimmerman was not defensive, but was assault.
            Just because I don’t parrot your version doesn’t mean I’m one of the idiots who think Martin was an angel.  You should pay attention and be honest.
            Martin possibly was a burglar or had associations with such.  Like many his age, he put up pictures and comments on social media trying to look tough.  His alleged pot smoking would not make him aggressive, the way alcohol, meth, and other drugs do.  On the night he died, Martin had no tools, no loot, and he was just walking home, talking on a cell phone.  He wasn’t engaging in thug activity when Zimmerman decided to report him as suspicious.  He wasn’t engaging in thug activity when Zimmerman decided to get out of his vehicle.
            If Zimmerman had realized that Martin wasn’t engaged in thug behavior, he wouldn’t have called the police.  He wouldn’t have followed him.  There would have been no violence, no death.
            Just because Martin wasn’t an angel at other times, and just because the prosecutor overreached and utterly failed to prove their case, doesn’t mean that Zimmerman did the right thing.  He screwed up and someone needlessly died.

  • http://patterico.com/2013/07/18/a-very-important-george-zimmerman-tip-for-the-department-of-justice/

    A concerned and well-informed citizen drops the dime on Zimmerman.

    Heh!

  • An Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice
    35 LGBT groups issue Trayvon Martin statement
    We cannot begin to imagine the continued pain and suffering endured by Trayvon Martin’s family and friends. We stand in solidarity with them as they continue to fight for justice, civil rights and closure. And we thank everyone who has pushed and will continue to push for justice.
    ———————–
    Aaaaaand, as usual with the Collective, they occupy “Opposite World”, where what you say is the complete OPPOSITE of what the truth is.
    Martin’s parents and the entire race-hustling industry (including the Racial Justice Department under Holder) are working against justice, civil rights, and closure.
    Those are the last things they want, as you can tell by their conduct.