The Verdict and George Zimmerman
By RU Rob
I have followed the Zimmerman trial closely since the event happened way back on February 26, 2012. I watched and have written about each of the individuals as well as the media. But now, after it is all said and done—and after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter—I want to revisit my original post on this subject and titled “Who’s the Douche?” Now that the trial is over I would like to express my original thoughts on the matter.
Before we dive into some of the things that really pissed me off, you need to know a little about me. I know a LOT about Florida criminal law and I also am also quite familiar with court proceedings. Those of you who have read my writings before know exactly what I am talking about, but for those who don’t here is my bio. I also need to add that this is my OPINION and not that of Ranger Up or any of its affiliates. So please, if you have hate mail, send it to me and not the main email. You can find my email address where you would usually find it on a website. Continuing on…
The initial investigation conducted by the Sanford Police Department was spot on. At the time of the investigation there was not enough evidence to support any criminal charges against George Zimmerman. The Prosecutor agreed with the police and also declined to charge Zimmerman with a criminal act because there was no evidence to state otherwise. But under the mounting pressure from civil rights groups, he agreed to present it to a Grand Jury to see if they saw something the prosecutor didn’t. It never made it to the Grand Jury because the state stepped in and snatched it up and decided they were going to prosecute Zimmerman regardless. You can’t make up, twist, or present evidence that does not exist and realistically expect to obtain a conviction.
The entire prosecution of George Zimmerman was politically motivated. There, I said it. From the state appointed special prosecutor to the civil rights pundits jabbering on and on. The media editing audio, interviewing funeral home directors, and attempting to paint a portrait of sweet innocent Trayvon with his 14 year old picture. Most of what you heard was concocted to get you riled up about the entire situation.
Shortly after charges were brought by the special prosecutor, the Police Chief, Bill Lee, was fired for loss of trust by the Sanford City Manager Norton Bonaparte. Bonaparte said in a new release, “We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support. I have come to this decision in the light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city.” Hmmm, you fire a guy for doing his job and doing his job correctly? I really hope to see Chief Lee back in the news this week filing a wrongful termination and defamation suit against the city of Sanford, FL.
I place about 99.6% of the blame on the media for this circus. Where has the journalistic integrity gone? Why can’t we go back to the days of reporting the facts and not the twisting a sliver of information into a club which they beat us senseless with incorrect information just to sensationalize the entire situation? I saw a tweet from a Congresswoman from Ohio that said something along the lines that Zimmerman “wasn’t found innocent just not-guilty.” Hello?!?! Anyone home? By receiving a not-guilty verdict from the jury, George Zimmerman maintains his “presumed innocent” status. The American public has been totally bamboozled by the media on this issue and it saddens me that people instantly take the words of television reporters as the truth. As my mother once told me, “son, not everything on TV is real.” Hence the reasons I no longer watch TV.
The sad truth to this matter is that it was a tragedy. I am genuinely sorry that Trayvon Martin lost his life, just as I am sorry for anyone who loses their life. I also feel sorry for George Zimmerman, who has had his name drug through the mud a thousand times over, been referred to as a “wanna-be cop” at least a thousand times over the last week, and now has to live the remainder of his life in fear of reprisal from easily swayed nut jobs. What really drives me crazy though is that there never was any evidence of George Zimmerman committing a crime and all of this should have never happened in the first place.
As to my original question as to “Who’s the Douche?” Well, we all are for letting this consume our lives.