Jury selection continues in the George Zimmerman murder case

Prosecutors and defense attorneys continue questioning prospective jurors in the Second Degree Murder case against George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.  Clips of the process have appeared on news channels and if I was facing a jury trial, I would be contemplating life in prison, my innocence notwithstanding.

Like many things handed down to us more than 2 centuries ago, trial by a jury of your peers has become as meaningless as it is dangerous.  When our current jury system was first conceived, it was thought to be not only a benefit to the accused but a check on the judiciary.  Most people back then were farmers or shop keepers of similar backgrounds whose lives were more alike than they were different.  Black people were still thought of in the same vein as furniture.

A great many of us today would be hard-pressed to find 12 people in a jury pool who were both similar to ourselves in any meaningful way and were unable to avoid jury duty.  Questions asked by prospective jurors revealed an ingrained ignorance of the law, an inability to process information from the 24-hour news feed and dogmatic predispositions (prejudice).

One lady concluded that Trayvon Martin must have gotten in with a bad crowd because of pictures of guns and pot-smoking on his phone.  Never mind that that information was released by Zimmerman’s defense attorney was later retracted as false. Never mind that it doesn’t matter if the victim was a white priest or a black prostitute.  Another woman said that Martin must’ve been out looking for trouble, never mind that he was walking down the street with an iced tea and Skittles while George Zimmerman was cruising the neighborhood with a 9 Millimeter semi-automatic gun in his pocket.

One deep thinker commented on one of my posts that Martin should have called the police, just as did Zimmerman.  While being a clever adaptation of the theme, “The black guy is always responsible for getting shot”, it makes no more sense than any of the others.

Zimmerman had all the time in the world to make his call, the incident only began after he called 9-1-1.  Martin, as any other teen-aged boy would, thought that he could out run, out-wit or out fight the weird guy following him.  It is not in a teen-aged boy’s DNA to call the police because he is being followed, especially not when he’s talking to his girlfriend on his cell phone.

According to Sanford, FL police, Martin’s death was “ultimately avoidable by Zimmerman, if Zimmerman had remained in his vehicle and awaited the arrival of law enforcement…”   Why is that so difficult to understand?  Why should it matter if Martin was white, black, Chinese or Chasidic (religious Jew)?  Why should it matter if he was on suspension from school, smoked pot or was addicted to Skittles?  He was a teen-aged American kid walking down the street of an American town with a can of iced tea and bag of candy.

That’s not, however the way George Zimmerman saw it.  In his words Zimmerman called Martin a “real suspicious guy” and said that “he looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs“.  George Zimmerman had drawn some damning conclusions based on NO INFORMATION WHATSOEVER and it’s reasonable to extrapolate from Zimmerman’s words to 9-1-1 that he had formed some intent in his mind before he got out of his truck, against the advice of police.

It’s amazing how people who normally expend little to no mental energy going about their lives are racking their brains to rationalize that an unarmed teenager is responsible for his own death.   I can’t imagine that one of them would feel the same way if it were their teenager.
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  • As a liberal non-religious freethinker, I must say that I disagree with the premise in this article. I will probably offend, but I have to rebuke those that make my liberal party look illogical. The ones to blame for this incident are the criminals that had terrorized that community. And to persecute the guy who was just trying to protect is just going to make others not want to get involved which in turn gives criminals POWER. George is an equal citizen with a right to his own thoughts and judgements. Bringing up skittles, age, and unarmed is irrelevent because George would have no prior knowledge of those things. And then to profile George as immoral for finding Trayvon suspicious is hypocrisy. And then you have this writer continuing with the false narrative that George was ordered to remain in his car when he clearly was not. First off, the dispatcher in error prompted George to get out of his car. George was already out of his vehicle following in Trayvon's last known path when he said "We don't need you to do that". George replied "Ok". The evidence supports that George was a victim of a physical attack. As sad as it is that Trayvon lost his life, Trayvon made his own choices. His skin color has nothing to do with it.

  • In reply to Rak Haemet:

    I don't know about your religious views, but you are anything but liberal or free-thinking. It's like being funny. Everyone likes to think they're funny, almost no one really is.

  • One more comment. I love how the writer only criticized those jurors who potentially might support Zimmerman and not including the one juror who lied under oath only to be caught when his facebook comment was presented to him. That man should be charged with perjury. Fair is fair. I don't know if Zimmerman is guilty or innocent but the liberal extremists were highly unethical about this case at the beginning. MSNBC editing of a tape to make George seem racist and the false narrative of lies put out there continuously makes me very angry. Their behavior mirrors the Nazi party and I consider them the Taliban of the liberal party. Their hypocrisy is quite evident. They argue for equal rights for minorities and gays which I agree with. However, not at the expense of violating someone else's due process rights. According to the law, Zimmerman should not have been arrested and I won't forget this. I have lost a lot of respect. The double standard is quite revealing when a President who has no business commenting on a case makes reference to his skin color. A white president would have never gotten away with that. Hypocrisy and double standards are a pet peeves of mine.

  • In reply to Rak Haemet:

    I like to think that everyone's entitled to their opinion, sadly that it is not the case. You are neither Liberal nor are you a free thinker. The facts in blog are irrefutable. They're public record and they are based on what George Zimmerman told the police. The 9-1-1 operator said later and can be heard on the tape telling Zimmerman not to interfere.
    It is VERY pertinent that Martin was unarmed. No one pulled a gun on Zimmerman. He stalked, engaged and shot an unarmed teenager. PERIOD.
    No, you are not a free thinker. Sadly, you are not even a thinker.

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