Trayvon’s death is very sad. A handsome seventeen year old walking home is now dead. I have a teenage son who can mouth off and act impulsively. He could get himself in trouble one day. Or not. On the other hand, there is evidence to suggest Zimmerman acted in self-defense: a broken nose, cries for help and alleged statement that Martin was sitting on top of Zimmerman.
What is for certain is that Zimmerman will not get the due process that American defendants are entitled to. If I was a sitting judge in Seminole county and I got the draw to hear Zimmerman’s Stand Your Ground pre-trial hearing, I would flee, resign or recuse myself.
The poor soul who hears this case must be prepared to receive death threats, hate mail, even assault. The jurist may have to move out of his community, get police protection, and pull her kids from their schools if she rules in Zimmerman’s favor. And that’s the problem here. NO Judge can put aside his or her personal feelings when they stand to have their lives irreparably changed based on one ruling.
Let’s assume Zimmerman puts in medical records showing a broken nose, lacerations on the head due to impact with concrete and an eyewitness testifies that Martin was sitting on top of him. Another witness states Zimmerman was crying for help. Theoretically, the Judge could dismiss the case and Zimmerman would face no criminal nor civil liability. Ain’t going to happen here. Not when a sitting President has demanded Justice for the victim and protest marches and petitions are rampant.
Hate to be the Judge who gets this one. And where is the Justice in that?
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