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2013 00 00 - Zimmerman Trial - In ChainsWell, the George Zimmerman case has wrapped up and it will go to the jury this week. My prediction is guilty of manslaughter, though no verdict would surprise me.

The case has basically confirmed three things in my mind.
1. Our criminal justice system is dysfunctional.
2. The Main Stream Media is shameless in its pushing of racial strife.
3. Race relations are horrible in this nation and not likely to get any better any time soon.

Our Criminal Justice System:
This all started with the OJ Simpson verdict. The whole system was afraid of racial riots and conducted the trial accordingly. In the end, the jury found the murderer not guilty simply because he was black. Who thinks race relations or our jury system has gotten any better since that trial twenty years ago. If anything both have gotten worse… by design.

2013 00 00 - Zimmerman Trial - OJ TrialIf not for race… If not for the left pushing and pimping race… If not for the Main Stream Media pushing and pimping race for ratings (and agenda)… George Zimmerman never would have been arrested, much less charged/indicted or tried.

Several checks within the criminal justice system had to fail for this case to ever see the inside of a courtroom. First the case was taken out of the hands of the local police and prosecutors for political/racial reasons. Even with the “special prosecutor” the grand jury system should have “no billed” (found not enough evidence to charge) the case. But by this time the snowball of political correctness was not going to be stopped by something as mundane as rule of law.

The Police Investigation:
What happened is a travesty to be clear, but Zimmerman’s use of deadly force was justified and the police who were investigating the incident at the time knew it.

    Bill Lee, the former police chief fired because he wasn’t doing the political bidding of the leftist politicians in the case, had a bit to say on the matter.

  1. The Zimmerman investigation was “hijacked in a number of ways”.
  2. He was pressured by city officials to arrest Zimmerman to placate the public (as rouse by the Main Stream Media) rather than a matter of justice.
  3. “It was (relayed) to me that they just wanted an arrest. They didn’t care if it got dismissed later. You don’t do that.”
  4. His police department had performed a “sound” investigation, and the evidence provided no probable cause to arrest Zimmerman at the scene.
  5. This case had nothing to do with Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, from an investigative standpoint, it was purely a matter of self-defense.
  6. The lead investigator did make the recommendation that Zimmerman be arrested for manslaughter. In response to this, the police requested that the prosecutors for the city make the determination if it were “justifiable homicide” (thus no charges), determine is was not and issue a warrant, or present the case to a grand jury for determination… But before that process was completed, the case was taken away and given to a special prosecutor.
  7. “The police department needed to do a job, and there was some influence — outside influence and inside influence — that forced a change in the course of the normal criminal justice process. With all the influence and the protests and petitions for an arrest, you still have to uphold your oath.” [But people unconcerned with oaths and justice took over.]
  8. Lee knew letting Zimmerman walk for 46 days would be unpopular but he was concerned with upholding the rule of law so they (his department) took the abuse… “they performed professionally. That’s the mark of a strong police department.”
  9. “I upheld my oath. I’m happy that at the end of the day I can walk away with my integrity.”

[See: Ex-Sanford police chief: Zimmerman probe ‘taken away from us’]

The Prosecution:
2013 00 00 - Zimmerman Trial - Racial ProtestsNormally, the lack of evidence supporting prosecution would be a problem; but when race is the overwhelming factor the rule of law can be set aside (see OJ Simpson). And setting the law aside is exactly what the prosecution has had to do in order to have a trial. The prosecution’s case is essentially that they want to try Zimmerman for one thing (profiling) and proving that, convict him of another (murder or manslaughter). And the judge (see below), keenly aware of the political and racial powder keg she is sitting on, is eager to oblige.

Some of those involved in this farce are keenly aware that the charges are bullshit. But they move forward anyway; rationalizing the rights and freedom of a “White Hispanic” (as he is called by the MSM) guy is a small enough price to pay to avoid the possibility of rioting and looting. The continued racial strife in the nation and the revenue that goes with that are just an added bonus.

Granted, the prosecution was always in a tough spot in that they had to prove a case with a preponderance of the evidence against them. But I still say each and every member of the prosecution had to set aside their integrity to join that team; especially when you look at what they had to present instead of evidence.

The message is clear to the jury. You have to convict this “white” man because he shot a black boy and pissed off people who may eventually riot. Even if you’re white you have to convict to prove you’re not a racist AND to help us curtail violence and looting that may follow acquittal.” (And that is exactly what has been threatened.)

Name Tag - IrrelevantSome aspects presented in this case are pretty well immaterial… or in layman’s terms bullshit…

Stand Your Ground Law: The “stand your ground law”? You don’t have much choice on standing your ground with someone on top of you hitting you in the face (thus the broken nose) and slamming your head against the pavement (the gashes however “minor”). In the next split second you could be out with all decisions as to your fate now in the hands of your attacker. The Sanford police said as much. This case was about simple self-defense, not stand your ground.

Profiling: While this may have grounds concerning the state of mind of Zimmerman, it’s not illegal. Even Jesse Jackson has said that he crosses the street to avoid black teens on a street corner. It’s not illegal.

2013 00 00 - Zimmerman Trial - 911 OperatorComply with 911 Operator: George Zimmerman did not comply with the request/instructions of the 911 operator to not follow the suspect (Martin). And I don’t blame him. His neighborhood was suffering through a rash of burglaries. Somebody had to do something if there was any hope of ever stopping them. The police (obviously) didn’t consider them a priority.

All that aside, the simple question concerning doing what the 911 operator instructed comes down to one question? Was he LEGALLY required to do so? And the answer is simply… NO.

You are not legally bound in any way to follow the instructions of a 911 operator. (I know that for a fact in Texas and suspect it’s the same in Florida.)

Houston, Texas (my old stomping ground) got a quick lesson in this years before the Zimmerman case. A man called 911 because his neighbor’s house was being robbed. He even stated in the call that there had been a rash of robberies in the neighborhood. He also told the operator to hurry and get someone there AND if that didn’t happen, he would confront the intruders with the shotgun he had in hand when they emerged. The 911 operator specifically told him not to do that. The police didn’t arrive in time, the burglars exited the home, the man laid down the phone went outside and told them to surrender. They didn’t and he shot (and killed) both of them.

The neighbor was white, the crooks minority. I don’t remember their specific “race” though I remember both had extensive criminal backgrounds and at least one was in the U.S. illegally.

The leftists in (Houston) City government were outraged and immediately began looking for a way to prosecute the neighbor. And the very first thing a few of them thought of was “he didn’t follow the instructions of the 911 operator”. Within 24 hours the leftist in City government backtracked on that like they were snake bit. First because they knew legally he had no obligation to do what the operator said. Second they could foresee the results of such a legal precedent.

What is the whole purpose of 911? To gather as much information about what is happening as they can so they can take the appropriate actions. What do the authorities want you to do more than anything else when you call 911? Provide as much information as you can (by talking). So what do they want to encourage you to do more than anything else? Talk.

But put the restriction on me that I have to do what a 911 operator tells me to do; when that operator isn’t there and may in fact be a dammed idiot… I can solve that problem real quick. I might call 911 but as soon as I do I’ll set the phone down. Even the liberal idiots running Houston saw that one coming from a mile off… and knew better.

Biased Judge Presiding:
The judge (Judge Debra Nelson) has been as incompetent as Alito though much less adept at hiding her bias in the case. It is obvious she is desperate for a conviction; some kind of conviction of Zimmerman; and you can tell she’s a bit worried about those prospects. Her recent testy exchange with Zimmerman concerning him testifying shows that much. She was so pissed (and it showed) at how things were going she broke all kinds of rules; especially in the timing of the exchange (before the defense had finished calling it’s witnesses). A reporter was noted as saying “I have never seen that in more than 30 years of court reporting.”

Judge Debra Nelson, for the Prosecution of George Zimmerman

Finally Judge Nelson has decided that things are going so poorly for her side (the prosecution) that she had better pull an ace out of her sleve and allow the jury to consider manslaughter. As I said earlier, I think it will work. This liberal judge has done everything she can to ensure it a guilty verdict. The fix is in.

Zimmerman’s Defense:
The defense team took the Mitt Romney approach to winning this thing. They figure facts, justice, and common sense will win out in the end. We’ll see.

Personally I wouldn’t have done that. Zimmerman’s main defense tactic should have been… doubling down on the race card.

Day, one Zimmerman should have demanded a Spanish interpreter for the trial (even if he doesn’t speak Spanish). He should have dressed Hispanic, adopted a Hispanic accent, discovered a Hispanic middle name (and insist on going by it), and pushed his cause among the Hispanic community with the message “The system (the media, left, and blacks) is about to lynch one of your Hispanic brothers for nothing more than defending himself; and next time it could be you.” And that message is, when you think about it, absolutely true.

Of course, it all too late for that…

The Media:
The media (especially the likes of CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times) are pushing this case in terms of race. They are doing this for two reasons. First of course is money through ratings. But secondly they do it to promote the lefts agenda to divide the country by race.

The initial bias began early on with the media (pretty well all of them) pushing pictures of Trayvon as a boy years younger than what he actually was. The pictures they used of Zimmerman were equally slanted but toward the negative.

Pictures of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman as Depicted by the Main Stream Media

The New York Times (and others) specifically decided to refer to Zimmerman “White Hispanic”. Why not just “Hispanic”? Because that would circumvent their agenda.

NBC was caught early on editing audio of the 911 call to present misleading information. They made it seem as if George Zimmerman was doggedly concerned with the race of the man he was following. He wasn’t. He was just answering the question posed by the 911 operator.

I could fill a hundred blogs with examples of MSM bias against Zimmerman and toward racial division. Zimmerman and his defense have had to deal with months and months of Main Stream Media lies and slander. Even today the vitriol is in full gear.

Case in Point (MSM Bias and Vitriol):
2013 00 00 - Zimmerman Trial - ABC - Dan AbramsDan Abrams (ABC News Legal Analyst and substitute anchor) recently appeared on Good Morning America and afterward posted an “article” (I hate to use this word because it implies journalism was involved when it wasn’t) on the ABC News site with the following.

“I drew a legal conclusion on ‘Good Morning America’ Saturday that would have surprised the Dan Abrams who covered the George Zimmerman case leading up to, and shortly after, his arrest.”

“Now that the prosecution’s case against Zimmerman is in, as a legal matter, I just don’t see how a jury convicts him of second degree murder or even manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.”

“So what happened? How can an armed man who shot and killed an unarmed teen after being told by the police that he didn’t need to keep following him, likely be found not guilty of those crimes?”

“I certainly sympathize with the anger and frustration of the Martin family and doubt that a jury will accept the entirety of George Zimmerman’s account as credible. But based on the legal standard and evidence presented by prosecutors it is difficult to see how jurors find proof beyond a reasonable doubt that it wasn’t self-defense.”

As Abrams admits, he and the rest of the MSM convicted Zimmerman months ago; and questions how this guy weaseled out of their verdict in the actual trial. He laments that “as a legal matter” the jury has no real grounds to convict the man on murder or even manslaughter. What Abrams can’t see or admit is as a legal matter Zimmerman never should have been indicted; much less gone to trial.

“So what happened? How can an armed man…” Wait a minute Dan. Do you mean the legally (as in following the law) armed man?

“Who shot and killed an unarmed teen…” You mean the teen that did physical harm to Zimmerman with his bare hands? Sure you (the MSM) and the prosecution allege the injuries were minor and exaggerated… so OK make that case. But the man had a broken nose. At what point would the injuries by your standards be major enough to warrant deadly force? A cracked skull? Zimmerman would have been a fool (probably a dead fool) to wait until things reached that point.

2013 00 00 - Zimmerman Trial - Young TravonBut… I see that I’m making the mistake of looking at the facts. To Abrams this isn’t about facts thus his depiction of Zimmerman simply shooting an unarmed teen (Martin). It conjures up the emotional response Abrams wants and helps the draw attention away from the facts.

“after being told by the police that he didn’t need to keep following him”… Really Mr. Abrams? Is that a fact? So actual police officers man the 911 phones? So an “order” from a 911 operator carries the legal weight of a police officer telling you to do something? You’re a “legal analyst” after all, you should know…

Mr. Abrams does know… but as a leftist member of the MSM, the law is not what’s important here. Hanging George Zimmerman by whatever means necessary is.

Main Stream Media Side Note:
As a side note on the mainstream media. Most know the prosecution did not prove their case. They are beating their chests and rending their clothes in anguish (see Dan Abrams of ABC News). But a few (very few) know this is nothing but racial and have said as much.

Leftist, Juan Williams, of Fox News has admitted as much. I don’t agree with everything Juan says on the case; but I give him credit for calling a spade a spade.

George Zimmerman is likely to go to prison for a long time, simply for the act of defending his own life. Not that he had time to consider it; but his choices where injury (and possibly death) at the hands of a young punk, OR prison at the hands of a corrupt (politically corrupt) society. It’s a sad statement on the state of our union and its moral and social “progression”. And it’s not going to get any better anytime soon.

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