July 7, 2013


Time for public to stop making Trayvon Martin tragedy worse (Issac J. Bailey, July 6, 2013, The Sun News)

Zimmerman was unknown until that fateful night in which he shot Martin, while Simpson had a Hall of Fame pro football career and spots in well-received commercials and slapstick comedies.

Zimmerman seemed to be a wanna-be police officer, Simpson a high-profile husband with domestic violence accusations in his past.

Zimmerman is a middle-class white Hispanic, Simpson a rich black guy.

Those are the superficial differences. In each case, the people who were killed have largely become afterthoughts.

The people who cheered wildly with glee when Simpson was found not guilty all but danced on the graves of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.

Their focus was on Simpson, not his wife and the man brutally murdered beside her, not on the evidence that strongly suggested Simpson's guilt, despite the defense's expert cross examinations that raised questions in the minds of jurors -- the only minds that legally mattered.

Today, supporters of Zimmerman -- people who had never heard of him -- don't much care that an unarmed 17-year-old walking home from the store ended up dead on the street. They don't stop to consider how they'd feel, how they'd respond, if Martin was their son or cousin or friend.

They ignore contradictions in Zimmerman's story and freely and happily denigrate the character of the only person who died that night.

That isn't to say Zimmerman's version of events should be dismissed, or that he should be considered evil.

Good people with good intentions sometimes end up doing awful things in situations in which they were trying to make things better.

Is that what happened in this case? I don't know, and neither do most of those who have dug in their heels about what verdict would be the most just.

Legally speaking, only the views of the jurors matter.

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Posted by at July 7, 2013 7:17 AM

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