Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Don’t believe the media, race was key to the Zimmerman case

Irish Central - July 16, 2013
When everyone in the media tells you the George Zimmerman acquittal had nothing to do with race don’t believe a word of it.
It was all about race, all about a non-black jury who had no idea whatever about the life of a young black person and who saw him the way George Zimmerman saw him - as a threat.
The prosecution’s major mistake began right at jury selection when they were totally outmaneuvered by defense attorney Mark O’Mara and formed a six person jury with no African Americans.
A tall young black man in a hoodie walking through a white neighborhood on a wet and dark night signified only one thing to Zimmerman and the non-black jury felt the same way too.

Never mind the fact that the 17-year-old had merely gone to a nearby store to get some skittles and iced tea.

Never mind that George Zimmerman stalked him and refused to back off even after being told to do so by a police dispatcher.
What subsequently happened was as predictable as an all-black jury acquitting OJ Simpson and probably just as big a travesty.

The outcome that George Zimmerman had no responsibility for the death of Travyon Martin is ludicrous.

The juror who spoke on Anderson Cooper on CNN unbelievably wanted Zimmerman to be on her Neighborhood Watch program even after this killing and referred to him as “George” throughout the interview.

Some defense lawyers like to talk about the reptilian brain, the part of our minds that make decisions subconsciously based on whether we see someone as a threat or a friend. It is what has helped us survive for millions of years as a species.

It was obvious to the non-white jury that Martin was the threat, the “other’. Zimmerman was a friend.

The jurors, like in the O.J Simpson trial, heard what they wanted to hear. The juror on CNN made clear she had no sympathy with Trayvon Martin’s witnesses.

That was especially the case with the young woman Rachel Jeantel who spoke a language the juror frankly admitted she could not understand.

In the end, given that, the result was as inevitable as it was predictable. Throw in the useless prosecutors who overcharged to begin with and you had a recipe for Zimmerman getting off scot-free.

Sometimes the law is an ass, it was with O.J and it is now again with George Zimmerman.
Sometimes, actually more often than not, Mr. O’Dowd whom we all know is a died in the wool “European Socialist in training” and his crew of “wannabee writers are dead wrong in their interpretation of our AMERICAN JUSTICE SYSTEM. First of all, the jury is picked from a pool of American citizens by both the prosecution and the defense. Both sides have the right to an equal number of challenges. If the prosecution did not use their challenges wisely, shame on them for their incompetence. A jury of six was empanelled along with three alternates and the trial took place in accordance with Florida law. Following a fair and impartial trial, the jury was charged with deliberating all the facts that they had heard during the course of the trial. After sixteen hours of intense deliberation, they rendered their decision, which was that the defendant was NOT GUILTY. That is how cases are tried in AMERICA and when a jury renders their decision we, AMERICANS, accept that all parties have had their day in court and whether we agree with the verdict or not, justice has been served.
Jack Meehan, Past National President
Ancient Order of Hibernians in America

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