As one defense attorney said post-verdict: This was a tragedy...it did not become a travesty.
The police investigating the shooting had NO EVIDENCE that it was anything other than a terrible case of self defense gone bad.
And then Barack Obama joined the fray. It is my complete belief that Obama thought Zimmerman was, in fact, a 'creepy-ass-cracker' (Trayvon's description of Zimmerman, not mine) he could use for political gain and to further divide this country along racial lines.... and that's when he made the 'if I had a son' comment. Let's face it.... Zimmerman is NOT your typical Hispanic name. Obama thought he had a rich white man of Jewish descent living in a 'gated' community who killed a black teen. It was not until Obama and the pathetic excuse in this country known as the news media learned that Zimmerman was HISPANIC, that they coined the label 'WHITE HISPANIC'. Now I ask you - is there anything you can think of more racist than that!!!!
It was about that time that Florida State Attorney (Florida's name for a D.A.) Angela Corey stepped in to take control of the case from the local police, who found no indictable charges against Zimmerman. It was also about that same time that A.G. Eric Holder SENT STAFFERS TO FLORIDA TO GIN UP PROTESTS AGAINST ZIMMERMAN.
Corey bypassed the normal procedure of presenting FACTS and EVIDENCE to a Grand Jury and went straight for an indictment against Zimmerman for MURDER TWO because she KNEW a grand jury would have tossed the case out - and Obama and Holder would have been pissed. Another possibility is that Corey KNEW there wasn't evidence to convict on M2 but allowing a trial to go forward would get her off the hook with Washington. In either case, she is culpable of MALFEASANCE and should be
The rest is history.... thankfully, the prosecution and the defense selected a jury of above-average intelligence, who took their jobs seriously, and who TOOK THE LETTER OF THE LAW SERIOUSLY. Justice was done.
As an aside.... it is NOT illegal for a private citizen to racial profile ANYONE - it happens every day. If we, as a nation, succumb to punishing people for what they THINK.... we are no longer the land of the free...
As another aside, it's sadly not illegal for the press to photoshop pictures (all their pictures of Trayvon were when he was 12) or to edit voice recordings (as NBC did to make Zimmerman SOUND like a racist on the 911 call). Can you say 'yellow journalism'?
‘Yellow journalism is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism.’ [Wikipedia]An interesting timeline of the press treatment of Zimmerman...
Also - here's an article from the Orlando Sentinel from April of this year you may have missed....
The crime of Second Degree Murder (as defined by the State of Florida) occurs when a person commits either:
- Murder with a Depraved Mind
- Murder with a Depraved Mind occurs when a person is killed, without any premeditated design, by an act imminently dangerous to another and evincing a depraved mind showing no regard for human life.
The primary distinction between Premeditated First Degree Murder and Second Degree Murder with a Depraved Mind is that First Degree Murder requires a specific and premeditated intent to kill.
Accomplice Felony Murder
Accomplice Felony Second Degree Murder occurs when you are an accomplice to a person who kills another human being while engaged in the commission, or attempted commission, of the following statutorily enumerated felonies, regardless of whether they intended the death:
- Aggravated abuse of an elderly person or disabled adult,
- Aggravated child abuse,
- Aggravated stalking,
- Aircraft piracy,
- Distribution of Controlled Substances
- Home-invasion robbery,
- Murder of another human being,
- Resisting Officer with Violence,
- Sexual battery,
- Trafficking in Controlled Substances, or
- Unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb.
Here's an interesting link....