Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Issue is Joined

I expect that until such time as the criminal case of the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman has concluded, whether by trial or by some other means (such as a plea agreement) that today shall be the final time that Mr. Zimmerman's name shall appear in this space. I also expect that should you have a hankering to read about the case, there shall be no shortage of places where you can do so.

At this point the final thought I shall offer on this, which shall be ignored far and wide and shall never occur to the talking TV legal whores (Nancy Grace you know who you are), is that hardly anyone knows what the evidence is in this matter and - more importantly - what shall be the evidence at trial. Anyone who proclaims - without knowing that critical information - to know with absolute certainty (a) what that evidence shall show; and (b) what the outcome of the any trial shall be - is talking out of his or her ass.

Unless you have been off the grid altogether for the past sixty days, you know that George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin. What has yet to be determined in a court of law is whether what Zimmerman did was commit 2nd degree murder. Special Prosecutor Angela Corey said it well at the news conference announcing the charge against Zimmerman earlier this week, "Every murder is a homicide. Not every homicide is a murder."

Zimmerman has been arrested, charged, retained counsel and made his initial appearance. We have seen but the first few scenes in what shall likely be a rather extended and unpredictable drama. Here is to hoping that we the people resist the temptation to rush the action.

If we allow the matter to run its course, it shall. In this case - much like in every litigated matter be it criminal or civil - the result will be celebrated by some and reviled by others. But it is the system we have. While it is far from perfect it is the best system that we humans have yet to develop.

It is a system in which the parents of a dead 17 year-old boy have - with grace and aplomb that candidly I doubt I would possess were Trayvon Martin my son - have placed their confidence. If they can do so, then the least that those of who did not lose our son that night is honor them by doing likewise.


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