The George Zimmerman verdict came down at an odd time. Seems like it would lessen the impact, but the word spreads just as quickly on Saturday night as on Monday morning in this day and age.
We talked about it some on the show, but we never made much of it. We don't regularly talk about ongoing murder cases because we want to send people off to work and home from work in a good mood. The news is bad every time you see it, hear it or read it. We aim to have a more positive impact on everybody's frame of mind in the morning.
Basically, news people can't make their own news. It is what it is. We can choose to do whatever we want and it seems to us people are in a better mood talking about cartoons and where that girl put that boa constrictor.
With these special cases, things can get way out of hand. It doesn't take a genius to realize every news network is making truckloads of money with their Zimmerman trial coverage. It's an all-out ratings battle with all of America dragged right into the middle of competition and greed fueled by a real tragic incident in our society. The lines begin to blur. The tragedy is lost and it's become a cultural event.
For the record, I am of the mindset that ten guilty men walking free is better than one innocent man serving time. I value freedom over security. I always think it could be me on trial before a jury of my peers. Only, a jury of my peers is not a jury of my peers. My peers would be similarly aged men of similar mindset & I'd never be guilty of a crime I didn't commit. The reality is, one of the only things that comes to mind when someone asks me what I'm afraid of is that possibility I could one day find myself on trial for something I didn't do. Not just that. I could be found guilty of that crime! A nightmare.
Being of that mindset, I can see where there is a reasonable doubt in the Zimmerman case. Considering the charge and the trial and the case, I conclude there is a reasonable doubt.
So, if you ask me if George Zimmerman is guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin, I'd say not guilty.
Ask me a different question, though. Did George Zimmerman do something wrong? Quite possibly. Could the conclusion be reached that George Zimmerman murdered Trayvon Martin? Certainly, but there is a reasonable doubt and I've been told he's innocent unless proven guilty...beyond a reasonable doubt.
Am I saying George Zimmerman is right and Trayvon Martin is wrong? No. That has nothing to do with what the jury has been asked to decide.
Do I agree with the law in Florida that leads to George Zimmerman being not guilty? Well, it doesn't matter if I agree with it. It doesn't matter if the jury agrees with it. That is the law. That is the law their decision must be based on. They can't intentionally misinterpret it. They can't re-write it. Their job is to decide, given the facts of the case, if George Zimmerman is guilty of murder according to the laws of the state of Florida.
Most important question...Did it even have to happen? Of course not. And there are a million billion things we all can do to get better. Instead, we will argue. Guilty! Not guilty!
The one thing we can all agree on is it sucks that people are being shot dead in our streets. It sucks that situations lead to shootings. Self-defense shootings suck for the very fact someone has to defend himself from another person. So we'd all like it if things like this didn't happen. It would make sense if people came together over something like this. We could do that. We won't do that. We don't pull our own puppet strings.
Ultimately, we are the ones who decide if Trayvon Martin's memory means anything. If it brings people together, it does. If it makes us argue, we've lost it and it really is a life wasted. Wasted entirely by us.
Guilt or innocence was decided long before fact or fiction. Most people had made up their minds before the first story had been reported
Well Nine I do agree exactly you hit the nail on the head. I can tell you personally that the media is a bunch of whores. What bleeds leads and how they frame the story rather then what the story is. You remember what happened to my then 77 year old father Allegedly he said he wanted to kill the president and himself at no time did my father say Barack Obamba or The POTUS. Under SC Law the VA was required to put him under 72 hour evaluation because he was a danger to himself or others they did not do that they denied him service. They then had a nurse not a doctor interogate him for an hour. Statements he was said to have said was in response to the nurses questions not voluntarily made. The nurse asked him why does he want to kill how is he going to kill, you need a plan o kill. his response was I guess that I would have to go up there and if the snippers didn't get him the guards would. does this sound like someone in his right mind and don't you think a doctor should have made a decision not a nurse. Don't you think someone over reacted. Then to find out the 45 day evaluation went for 129 days. We found out my father is clinically depressed and had dementia. Millions of our tax dollars were spent investigating my family and they found nothingbut hard working folks. The media made him out to be some type terrorist. And when I tried to get our story out the station manager at WBTV in Charlotte said well if it doesn't come out to be true we may say something if it benefits us. And that is what the media did the same in this case. What would get people watching their programs. No longer about the truth but what benefits them. Dont hear them reporting about the 72 black on black deaths that happened in chicago this month because that won't make them money.
Not just this case, but many, the rope is pulled in a tug of war of right and wrong and guilty not guilty! The law is the law. It was not meant to be changed or manipulated intermittently depending the case. That was protect All People! To be cut and dry! If you don't like the law then unite as 1 and write, speak, and rally to your congressman!
However, in many instances, if the roles were reversed and you were in the hot seat would the same apply... It's not about Race! It's 2013 in Florida and George Zimmerman is half white just like President Obama yet no one makes that comparison. It's the Law!
Wonderful piece Nine!
Nine, I'm very impressed with your analysis, and I concur. I also know that you secretly tune into WORD 106.3FM when nobody is around, just so you can listen to Russ Cassell! Lol. All kidding aside, again I'm impressed with this blog posting,it's really great food for thought. -Dan (WORD)
Well said nine!!
I agree with you 100%. I had no real opinion before the trial. But I actually watched several parts of the trial on CNN. I am a white mother as are 5 of the jurors and I came to the same conclusion. But you know what? I know other white mothers that don't agree with the jury. So the jury has nothing to do with it. If you have one iota of doubt than you have to say not guilty. That is the law. Period. Nobody can rewrite the law because they have a gut feeling or don't agree with the law. This poor guy is going to have to live with his conscience. Trayvon has not died in vain. Hopefully vigilantes and teens in hoodies at night will have learned something from this. Don't act a fool!!!!
well said! congrats
Both of these guys made bad decisions that night. Unfortunately one young man lost his life and another young mans life is ruined. Everyone loses