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.