Colorblind Rule of Law
Our President is a lawyer. So is the Attorney General. They have sworn oaths to uphold the Constitution. The Constitution guarantees, among other things, the right to a jury trial.
George Zimmerman had a jury trial on charges of second degree murder and manslaughter. He was acquitted.
The jurors heard all the evidence presented by each side. It was a fair process.
Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman. That is undisputed. What was disputed was whether Mr. Zimmerman was entitled to shoot Mr. Martin as a means of protecting himself. The evidence showed that Mr. Martin attacked Mr. Zimmerman, broke his nose, and was banging his head against the concrete sidewalk. There was a jury instruction about self-defense. That means that a person is entitled to use deadly force under certain circumstances. That was the basis of the acquittal.
The President was not one of the lawyers trying the case. Neither was Eric Holder, our Attorney General. Since they were not involved in the trial, they should not second guess the results of the trial from their lofty positions.
It does not help racial tension to criticize the trial as if it was unfair because Trayvon was black and Zimmerman white/hispanic. Each side had its day in court. If our nation is so racist, how did a black man get elected President by the white majority?
The protestors chanting “No justice, no peace” are not helping racial tensions, nor are they respecting the Constitution and rule of law. That chant might have made sense if the prosecutors had refused to bring the case to trial. They did bring the case to trial, however. That really happened. That was how we dispense justice under the sacred rule of law. The way to contest the results is to appeal to a higher court, not to riot in the streets.
Can someone explain how stealing jewelry from Target in the process of “protesting” promotes justice for Trayvon? As far as I know, Target had nothing to do with the case. If some priest I don’t know in another city gets convicted of sex abuse, I just might shoplift from Walmart because, you know, I have many relatives who are Catholic. Feel me?
Maybe President Obama will scold the protestors like he scolded the police before charges were brought against Mr. Zimmerman.
Attorney General Holder, who is black, added fuel to the fire by holding out hope that he might bring federal charges against Mr. Zimmerman (since the NAACP did not like the trial result). Shame on him. He took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Was he absent from law school on the day they taught about the right to a jury trial? Double jeopardy is prohibited by the same Constitution. It does not seem likely that Attorney General Holder, who heads, get this, The Justice Department, got an “A” in Constitutional Law. Let us chip in and send him back for a remedial course, not in Ethnic Studies, but in Constitutional Law. I fear that he and the President are confused about the meaning of their respective oaths of office.