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He sure looks suspicious

I no longer hold Charles P. Pierce in high regard, having spent 90 minutes with him a couple of months ago and finding him devoid of affability. But that doesn't mean his reaction to the Travon Martin verdict is any less valid:

Hunting licenses are now available and it's open season on assholes, fucking punks, and kids who wear hoodies at night in neighborhoods where they do not belong, at least according to George Zimmerman, defender of law and order, crimebuster, and protector of the peace, because that is what American society has told George Zimmerman, and all the rest of us, is the just outcome of what happened on one dark and rainy night in February of 2012.

(Here's the entire piece)


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Jul. 14th, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
I don't know how I feel about all of this. I wish they could've done voice analysis on the recorded cries for help - it baffles me that both sides claimed the calls for help came from their family member. With one of the possible choices still alive, why couldn't they use some kind of forensic sleuthing to figure it out once and for all?

Here's an interesting viewpoint from fellow ljer mallory's camera:

Justifiable force is one of the cloudiest areas of the law, so I'm not at all surprised the Trayvon Martin case played out the way it did. If you're being beaten up, you will act to defend yourself by whatever means you have at hand. If those means include a concealed weapon that you have a permit for, you will use it in self-defense.

Make no mistake – Trayvon Martin had every right to cut across the gated community despite Zimmerman's objections to his presence. Zimmerman is one of those creepy police wannabes. Obviously, he had an agenda on that particular day.

Florida has something called the "Stand Your Ground" law by which the use of deadly force is not required to be the very last response to an attack. I would say this is a highly questionable policy in general and rather dangerous when codified as law, but in Florida, it is the law.

There were plenty of inconsistencies in Zimmerman's story. It seems obvious to me that he was stalking Martin despite his statements to the contrary. What's critical, though, are the facts of the actual physical struggle between the man and the boy. Forensic evidence strongly suggests the boy was the aggressor.

The profiling, of course, is something that occurred on both sides. Martin tells his girlfriend he's being watched by a "creepy ass cracker." Zimmerman is heard to mutter, "Fucking punks," on the phone to the emergency police dispatcher. What's interesting to me here – at least on the basis of these two epithets – is that Zimmerman's hyper vigilance seemed predicated on Martin's age while Martin's is a racial slur.

Of course, I'm the mother of a kid who frequently got stoned on marijuana all throughout high school and wandered around in places his sorry ass had no good reason for being. This being the case, my emotional sympathies here are squarely in the Trayvon Martin camp. But I think the verdict was the correct one given the facts of the case and the peculiarities of Florida law. I don't see how any jury could have found differently, and I wish there had been more diversity on the actual jury to lend the verdict some authority.

Zimmerman does not get off scot-free. He's essentially a pariah now, and a trophy. I'd say his chances for making 2015 New Year's Resolutions are not very high; the temptation to being known in the black community as the man who got justice for Trayvon Martin is just too high.
Jul. 14th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Is everything that follows the colon from the camera?
Jul. 14th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
It is. I didn't think to indent or italicize for clarity.
Jul. 15th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
Florida has a “Stand Your Ground” law which allows one to stand your ground in the face of attack by another. Zimmerman while told to leave the situation alone by the police dispatcher chose to escalate the situation. Surely, Martin tried to stand his ground as Zimmerman challenged his being in a place Zimmerman thought he shouldn’t be. The advantage of a gun possessed by Zimmerman was the trump card…and a deadly one at that. What if the circumstances were different and Zimmerman had approached an armed Martin who killed him. Martin would have gotten a public defender, pled out, and would be learning to dance backwards in jail. I wonder how Black parents can look their children in the eye and tell them that they are equal in the eyes of the law and to trust a system that has only shown deference to their race. It’s pretty simple… two guys fight…one shoots the other to death…the guy left standing should go to jail for life.
Jul. 15th, 2013 01:33 pm (UTC)
A chilling aspect of the Florida law is that the doubt must be given to the shooter, even when one of the options is to flee from danger.
Jul. 15th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
Martin case
ZImmerman did not defend based on stand your ground. He defended based on self defense. Different legal theory altogether. av
Jul. 15th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Martin case
Listen up, anybody who's still reading: "AV" is my sister. She is (proud brother bragging here) a senior assistant attorney general in Florida. She knows her stuff.
Jul. 15th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Martin case
Just so no one is confused, though, I think the jury got it wrong, regardless of the defense theory. Zimmerman should have stayed in his truck and waited for the real authorities to show up. Then none of these discussions would be occurring. av
Jul. 16th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: Martin case
That's the crux of the matter. Isn't failure to obey a police order a crime?
Jul. 16th, 2013 03:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Martin case
Unfortunately, the dispatcher who told him to stay in his truck was only a 911 dispatcher and had no authority to give police orders. av
Jul. 16th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Martin case
... which the defense pointed out, no doubt.
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