I’m Weighing In On The Zimmerman Trial

I am not a lawyer, I have no law experience, I haven’t even played a lawyer on TV……but since that hasn’t stopped anyone else from weighing in on the Zimmerman Trial, I feel I have to have my say just to stay sane!

A Mr. Daryl Parks – One of The Martin Family Attorneys was on “The O’Reilly Factor” complaining about the acquittal of George Zimmerman, announcing that both sides try to sway the jury (no kidding) and that the defense was trying to show Zimmerman in a positive light by showing he was a good force in the community and that he was a good guy. Then he said Zimmerman was given too much positive character reference time at the trial and it shouldn’t have been allowed. Why can’t Zimmerman’s character be upheld by the Defense team considering the Prosecution was trying to paint him as a racist, wannabe cop and tear him to shreds?

“Zimmerman should do the time….murder is a crime” was being chanted at demonstrations. Is that a true statement? It doesn’t help that the Director of Florida State Attorney’s Office, Angela Corey is still calling George Zimmerman a murderer in the media even though the case was settled and he was acquitted of murder charges. Are they sore losers? She also fired the whistle-blowing IT Director who let it be known that the prosecutors were not sharing evidence, was that vindictive or justified? You make the call.

The FBI fully investigated George Zimmerman to see if he violated Trayvon Martin’s civil rights and found no racism involved in his history or this case. FYI George Zimmerman’s great-grandfather was Afro-Peruvian. and his mother is Peruvian.

Even so Eric Holder is looking at the evidence (anything he can find) to see if Trayvon’s civil rights were violated. Is this just to placate people disgruntled with the verdict and nothing will come of it in the long run?

Juan Williams a contributor on FOX News said it was interesting to him that Bill O’Reilly (also of FOX) admitted Zimmerman started the fracas, but didn’t see how he didn’t racially profile him if he went after him since he was black. Bill said it was because “Trayvon was dressed in a certain way and acting a certain way”……..not because he was necessarily black. Let’s be clear here, Trayvon was wearing the well-known hoody, it was dark and rainy and Zimmerman’s neighborhood had been suffering break-ins. There is no concrete evidence Zimmerman had ever done anything but positive things with/for African American boys and it was NBC that so callously and probably libelously edited the 911 tape of Zimmerman to make it look like he stated Trayvon was black of his own accord, when in reality it was at the 911 operators question of what race the person of interest was that Zimmerman replied “I think he’s black”. Also, I’ve always wondered though I understand it is a terrible loss for the Martin family to lose the 17-yr. old Trayvon Martin, how Zimmerman was supposed to know his age.

Juan also added that “no black people were on the jury”, but Juan, both legal sides agreed upon them, hand-picked them, so you can’t complain afterwards when you are not happy with a verdict. Juan states “But truly to deliver justice there has to be a measure of wisdom and compassion for the loss of life and for the family…I don’t think there was any justice for the system” though that is NOT the law.


Has Juan seen a statue of Lady Justice? She’s blindfolded. No, Juan there can’t necessarily be compassion shown for a family’s loss by the jury to penalize an innocent defendant to give justice to the family and the community. Are you serious? Who’s to measure that? Justice is blind for a reason, to give a fair trial to all without prejudice, for the rich or the poor, the Black or the White, or Hispanic, etc.

Also, there is the myth that is being propagated that this case has something to do with the “stand your ground” laws currently in effect in Florida though it had nothing at all do with that, it was Second Degree Murder, Manslaughter and Self-defense.

Since the President first stepped in stating to the media that if he had a son he would look just like Trayvon, to presently where George Zimmerman has been acquitted the President had the opportunity to help people accept the verdict, have faith in the justice system, instead he said gun control needs to be revisited. Not very helpful, Mr. President, in fact it’s self-serving to forward your anti-gun agenda.

Roddy White from the Atlantic Falcons football team tweeted: Screen-Shot-2013-07-14-at-11.50.10-AM

Then Victor Cruz from The NY Giants tweeted:

Victor Cruz

So does any of this help? Are apologies enough for tweets like these? Should professional athletes share their opinions through social media when they are emotional? Perhaps they should learn to think before they tweet.

Mike Meyers, President and Executive Dir. of the New York Civil Rights Coalition said “No justice, no peace!” is a battle cry to keep racism alive. Is violence then justified? Racism feeds the machine itself, like Reverend Al Sharpton, rallying and demonstrating and trying to organize a “National Justice for Trayvon” day…..he needs the unrest to have a purpose and a job. I understand people demonstrating, we all have our First Amendment right, but in a peaceful way. Reverend Al Sharpton does not have a squeaky clean background, he comes with some baggage himself, with backing and pushing forward his agenda on the fake Tawana Brawley rape incident which he never apologized for among other things. He should not be the African American spokesperson. And in that vein, I do not want Chris Matthews from MSNBC  speaking “for all White people”.

Jasmine Rand, another Martin Family Attorney said she’s a social engineer after being a lawyer (especially when she’s not happy, when things don’t go her way!) WTH is that? She said when questioned by Greta Van Sustern, from FOX news why she was so against the results of the case, the acquittal, that the jury had spoken. The Family Attorney said they didn’t pick the jury, didn’t like them and their verdict, and jurys’ don’t always get things right. I say,” too bad”, both the Defense and the Prosecution agreed on them, they were 6 jurors the law agrees is just and the law has spoken. ‘Nuff said, move on.

So, is any of this negative attention helping the racial tension in the country? Hell no! People are rioting in LA…..they’re “wilding” in the streets.

Hopefully, things will settle down and people will move on. I hope if there are inequities in the justice systems, they are addressed aside from this case. I have to believe the majority of Americans want equality and aren’t racists. We have moved forward from the past and are learning and changing for the better every day.  America’s racial equality is so much better than it was in the 50’s, I believe but of course we always have more to do, but legislation isn’t always the answer. Some responsibility needs to be addressed as personal responsibility. We have a bi-racial President in the White House. Eric Holder the Head of the DOJ is African American, doesn’t that say anything for things getting better in America? How can it be said the “system” failed when the case was filed and tried legally, a jury was picked by both sides, they listened to all the evidence (which we didn’t) and they came to their own conclusion from the evidence put before them that they saw and heard with their own eyes and ears, but because some people don’t like the verdict they are denigrating the jury itself (how dare they!), their decision and the whole justice system of America?

What do you think?

© Evelyn Garone 7.15.13

About Evie Garone

I am an outspoken woman with independent views of the world. I am spiritual but also realistic. I've successfully raised two men who I've sent off to college and am now following my love of the arts, including painting, drawing and writing. Thus, two blogs, two books I sporadically work on, voracious reading, among other loves keep me busy.
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