When this prosecutor decides to file charges after months of protests, media criticism, threats of violence, and actual violence, without actually presenting any new evidence, what other possibility (besides political motivation) exists? Further, the charges she files are more severe than any of the lawyers or police who investigated the incident contemplated. Perhaps she overcharged as a negotiating tactic, but given the circumstances how could she possibly accept a plea to a lesser charge? Especially after statements such as Frederica Wilson’s that Trayvon Martin “was hunted down and shot like a rabid dog.”
And the evidence that outside factors influenced her decision is not merely circumstantial; her April 11 press conference started off by referencing the “sweet parents,” of the victim. She then went on to thank the Martin family’s legal representatives, who have “stayed in touch daily.” Given Mr. Crump’s and Mr. Park’s strong feelings about the case, do you think they’re interested in a plea agreement?
Those who are not yet convinced that George Zimmerman is guilty of murder need to stand up and say so. It doesn’t suffice to say that we should “wait for the facts.” Of course we should wait for the facts and if the facts change, then our opinions should change with them. People should always be open to the possibility of new evidence, but when the facts lead them to conclude that a prosecution for second degree murder is motivated by politics and not facts, then they should speak their minds.
Ben Cohen is an unrepentant liberal libertarian who was recently banned as a poster from the Daily Kos over his opposition to the mob hysteria that has all but convicted George Zimmerman of cold-blooded, racially motivated murder in the absence of evidence or trial. He has told his story in the FrontPage article, Another Thought Criminal Banished by the Daily Kos.
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